Edward Joseph Mcafee
1943 - 2018
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March 14, 1943 - August 5, 2018
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Edward Joseph McAfee, age 75 left us unexpectedly on August 5, 2018. He joins his parents, William Sr and Doris MacAfee of Del Haven, NJ and his Brother William Jr and Sister Florence Sizgorich in their corner of heaven.

Ed was born March 14, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. He grew up watching the Whiz Kids playing baseball and told stories of waiting after the games for autographs from the players. Ed loved sports and was a lifelong fan of all Philadelphia sports teams. His loyalty paid off with his beloved Eagles when they finally won the Super Bowl last season.

Ed used to say, "You can take the guy out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the guy." He left his neighborhood in South Philly shortly after high school to serve our country and see the world as a member of the US Air Force for 30 years. His career took him to Turkey, Libya, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany, Washington, DC, New Jersey, California, various temporary assignments worldwide, and multiple assignments in Texas. Edward made Texas his new home and spent his last 33 years a resident of San Antonio.

Chief Master Sergeant McAfee earned many awards, medals, and accolades during his time in the Air Force but was most proud of earning the Meritorious Service Medal three times.

He was well liked and respected. Professional when he needed to be, he also gave his time to coaching and playing for his unit's sports teams. Ed also had a reputation for his sense of humor. He loved telling jokes and playing practical jokes.

Serving our country was his passion and he excelled in his Air Force Career, however another thing that set him apart from others is that he spent a chunk of his career as a single father raising his daughter and son, Pamela and Kevin. They had many adventures going from assignment to assignment, town to town with family cats in tow, always listening to the radio and singing along to their favorite songs.

After retiring, Ed spent much of his time caring for his animals and strays that would show up at his door. He had a big heart when came to animals. He also became very close to his granddaughter Brandy as she studied at University of Texas San Antonio.

Those who he let in would know him as "brother." His kind heart, sly grin, and gleam in his eye will be missed.

He is survived by Pamela and Kevin, Pamela's daughters, Crystal Carter, Brandy Alger, Amber Alger, and Chelsea Linden and Crystal's daughters, ZoeAnne and Hunter Marie Sparks.

Per Chief McAfee's wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to your local animal shelter.



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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Aug. 19, 2018.
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March 19, 2019
Edward and I (Eddie C. McAfee) were in Air Force Basic Training together in Oct and Nov of1961. After the first couple of mail calls the TIs learned to call us out by also using our middle initials. He developed into a great NCO. I also, like him, went on to retire from the USA Air Force. I would love to communicate with some of his family. eddiemcafee (at)aol.com Am also on Facebook.

Eddie McAfee, Chattanooga, TN
Retired, USAF and Retired Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
Eddie McAfee
December 18, 2018
ed and i were classmates at st boniface and north catholic in philadelphia. we talked on the phone some years now always remembering and picking up each other with stories and memories. i surely miss him. brandy - hope you are well and succeeding.
mike say
Friend
December 18, 2018
mike say
Classmate
October 14, 2018
He was my first sergeant while stationed in Germany. He was like a father to us and that was important overseas. He backed us completely when we were in the right and we feared him when we were in the wrong. I served under no finer NCO than this man. RIP, Sir.
Ted Carle
October 14, 2018
Chief Mcafee was my First Sgt in Wiesbaden Germany back in the early 80's. Tough, scary, but always fair. Nobody outside of the Hospital messed with us...that was his job.

Well respected and looked up to....god bless you sir...and your family.

Bucky Brereton

MUCS (and one of his guys)
August 23, 2018
I used to remember your jokes at Sheppard being our first sgt, I often times don't get it and SRA Joanne Bull will explain to me then you come back later and ask me if I get it, then being stationed here at Wilford Hall brought back happy memories, you are a good boss and good friend . may the Lord give you angels to light your path in your final destination. Farewell!
August 19, 2018
Thank you for your service, sir.

Rest in Peace.
Erik Lundgren
August 19, 2018
June 1982
I think about calling you almost daily. I miss you, Dad. <3
Pamela McAfee
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