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1919 - 2015
Age 96, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015. He was the husband of the late Irene (Shaffer) Deenihan; son of the late John and Rose (Corey) Deenihan; father of John of Woodland Hills, CA, Edward J. (Kathleen) of Pleasanton, CA, Patrick (Janice) of Reno, NV, Rosemary (Orval) Choate of Nevada City, CA, Elizabeth (Kendall) Harmon of Summerville, SC, Margaret (Mark) Caruso of Sun City West, AZ, and Timothy (Jennifer Paige) of Bridgeport, CT; brother of Margaret Morrison of Ellenton, FL; also 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Born February 11, 1919, Ed was ever proud of his Irish heritage, his Catholic faith, and his American nationality. He was continually dedicated to the service of others. A child of the Great Depression, Ed learned early the value of work and care for his community. For his involvement in five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War, he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with five stars as well as the Presidential Unit Citation for his service as staff sergeant of the First Air Commando Group operating in the Chin Hills of Burma. He was an active member of St. Jude the Apostle, Wilmerding, continually involved in the practicalities of worship as well as assisting in the upkeep of the parish. He spent many years volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, even within months of his death, ministering to individuals and families who had found themselves in hard times. He helped serve the Disabled American Veterans and was a Lifetime Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). In 2004 he was named Irishman of the Year by its Pittsburgh Chapter. He was twice elected a Wilmerding councilman. Family was Ed's first priority, however. Following the war, he returned to Wilmerding and was invited on a blind date where he met Irene Elizabeth Shaffer of Mount Lebanon, PA. They were married July 17, 1948, and were devoted to each other over the next 63 years until Irene's passing in 2011. Together they raised seven children in their Wilmerding home filled with love and support, a few scars, countless stories and endless laughter. Edward was visiting his son in Pleasanton, California, where he died peacefully this past Friday morning due to complications surrounding pulmonary fibrosis. His life was one of quiet leadership by example, and his passing will be deeply felt by all who knew him. Friends received at JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding on Mon. 6-8 p.m. and Tues. from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude the Apostle Church on Wed. at 10 a.m. To send flowers or leave condolences please visit:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 3 to May 5, 2015
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