SWOYERSVILLE — Edward "Ed" Wilson, of Swoyersville, formerly of Dallas, passed away peacefully in his home on April 4, 2014.
Born Nov. 14, 1926, in Drexel Hill, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Ornsby) Wilson. Ed was educated at St. Andrews, Drexel Hill, West Catholic Boys High School, Philadelphia, and graduated St. Joseph's College.
Ed served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner on the USS Guadalcanal aircraft carrier.
Not long after joining Gibson Greeting Cards in sales, Ed was transferred from Drexel Hill to Dallas in 1957. He retired from Gibson Greeting Cards in 1992, after 40 years with the company.
He coached basketball at Gate of Heaven School, was president of Dallas Kiwanis, lector at Gate of Heaven Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus.
After moving to Swoyersville in 1988, Ed was very active in his church, the Holy Family Parish, formally St. John Nepomucene, where he served as an alter server, lector and a loyal BINGO caller.
Ed loved golf and was a 40-year member of the Twilight League at Twin Oaks, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the game. He also loved playing bridge with his wife, Alice, and friends in their dinner-bridge group for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lu Loux Wilson, in 1958; second wife, Alice Wienckoski Davis Wilson, in 1995; daughters, Mary Wilson and Nancy Merolli; siblings, Joseph Wilson, Sister Mary Rose Berenice, Eleanor Rogers, Margaret Rueger and Nancy Hughes.
Ed is survived by daughter, Peg Mould and her husband, John, Dallas; and sons, Harold "Bud" Davis, Dallas, Michael and his wife, Lynne, Rossmoor, Calif., Edward, Shavertown; son-in-law, Adrian Merolli, Shavertown; grandchildren, Dr. Alisa Merolli Gelzheiser, Alaina Keown, Megan Mould, Laura Mould, Tyler Wilson, Katie Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Alex Wilson; as well as, great-grandchildren, Izzy, Wyatt and Vivian Gelzheiser, Kaitlyn and Everly Keown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Mercy Center Chapel, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777; or St. Ann's Monastery and Shrine Basilica, 1250 St. Ann's Street, Scranton, PA 18504.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.