Edward Marion Ghezzi (1922 - 2018)

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GHEZZI, EDWARD MARION, passed peacefully on April 10, 2018 at his Miami home, at the age of 95. Edward was the much beloved husband to Shirley Levine Ghezzi, also deceased. Edward was born in Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb, on September 11, 1922. Graduating with honors from high school, he enlisted in the newly formed Army Air Corps and graduated from cadet school as a navigator. During WWll, Edward flew 32 bombing missions; when his B17 was shot down during the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Eve, 1944, he parachuted safely into Belgium. After the war, Edward received a degree in architectural engineering from Penn State. He returned to Europe for travel and also earned a degree in urban planning from the Lausanne Polytechnic in Switzerland. Edward became a licensed architect in Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. He met his future wife, Shirley Levine, on a blind date, and they moved to South Florida. Edward began his local career with prominent Miami architectural firms such as Igor Polevitzky Associates and Pancoast and Ferrandino Architects. In 1956 he started his own firm, Edward M. Ghezzi Architects and Planners, and worked as an architect for decades, not retiring until his late seventies. His professional works include Everglades Shark Valley Lookout Tower, Homestead Senior High School, Monroe County Courthouse, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. In 2016, he was honored by the city council of Pinecrest for an exceptional life of service; the Mayor proclaimed September 13 Edward Ghezzi Day. Edward's life was a long and rich one. Even when advancing age slowed him and he was predeceased by his wife Shirley, he remained loving and affectionate, always in good humor and strong spirits. Edward's absence will be felt daily by his sister Lorraine; his children Mark (Suzanne), Pamela, Marta (Miguel), David, Michael (Darlene), Gail (Ben), and Matthew; his grandchildren Andrew (Cristina), Sara, Emily, Daniel, Jakob, Enzo and Jovi; his great-granddaughter Daniella; his longtime caregiver Alma; and nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. They all loved and love him deeply. Services will be held Monday, April 16, at 10:30 am at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Road, 33158 (305-238-2161). A private service for family will follow at Mt. Nebo Memorial Gardens, featuring military honor guards. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to: , Southeast Florida Chapter 3323 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 260 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 2451 Crystal Dr., Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202
Published in the Miami Herald on Apr. 13, 2018
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