SCHAGHTICOKE - F. Edward Whinnery, 91, of Hansen Road died suddenly Friday, March 8, 2013, at Samaritan Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Troy, he was the son of the late D. Burton and Mary Fitzgerald Whinnery. He was a 1939 graduate of Lansingburgh High School.
Ed retired as a switchman from NYNEX in 1986 after 41 years of service.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps
and served during World War II
in the Pacific Theatre. Wounded twice, he received both the Purple Heart
and Gold Star.
Loyal and devoted in all his endeavors, he was a member of the VFW
Post 1938 in Valley Falls, Telephone Pioneers of America and Hoosic Valley Senior Citizens.
A member of the Melrose Fire Co., he was past treasurer of both the fire company and fire district.
Ed also was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7746 in Schaghticoke, was a Boy Scout leader of Troop 80 in Melrose and also belonged to Wiley Brothers Bowling League at Hilltop Bowl.
He was a deeply religious man and communicant of Transfiguration Parish, Schaghticoke.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Jones Whinnery and his daughters, Jill Smith (Ron) of Speigletown and Jacqueline Ryals (George) of Newton, N.J. Also surviving are his grandchildren George "Ted" Ryals (Katherine) and Julia Ryals as well as several nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late J. Burton Whinnery and John Whinnery.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Route 32), Waterford and at 10 a.m. at Transfiguration Parish Church in Schaghticoke (formerly Holy Trinity).
Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Schaghticoke.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the funeral home.
Those who wish may make contributions to Transfiguration Parish, Melrose Fire Co. or Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home office.
To express sympathy or to share a treasured memory, go to Brendesefuneralhome.com