Edward George Giegucz
Edward George Giegucz, of Vestal, passed away quietly and peacefully during the night on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at his beloved home. Edward was born October 22, 1941, to his late parents, Mildred and Stanley Giegucz; and two brothers, Bernard and Joseph Giegucz. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally, of 43 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and David Craig, Mape May, N.J.; his son and best friend, Gregory Joseph and girlfriend, Hannike Relyea, New Orleans; daughter and son-in-law, Bethany and Dr. Tom Golebiewski, Vestal; his five grandchildren, Zeke, Matthew, Hudson, Caroline and Hattie; his sister and brother-in-law, Bearnice and George Scheuering, Pittsburg, Pa.; mother-in-law, Sally; and brother-in-law, Mike Miller, Scranton, Pa.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Corrine and Bob Walas, Houston, Tex.; and many nieces and nephews in Pittsburgh and Houston. As a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, he had a true love of playing baseball, pitching the first no hitter game at the opening at Beachview Little League Field. At South Hills High School, he proudly represented his friends as Class President. His passion for playing baseball led him to play at Penn State University, where he was recruited by Coach Joe Paterno. He was a brother of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Ed's proudest moment of being at Penn State was meeting his wife, Sally. He began his career at Vestal in 1964 and was hired as the first Special Education Teacher. He took a leave of absence for one year and received his graduate degree from Geneseo State University. Then returned to Vestal and later became the chairperson, committee on special education and Preschool education. Ed's compassion, love, guidance and support for his students and friends were what he lived for. There wasn't a name he ever forgot and every student held a special place in his heart. Edward's most important role in his life was being a husband, father and grandfather. Better known to his grandchildren as Big Guy, he loved spending endless time with his family in Cape May, N.J., and his home in which he was so proud of. He was a devoted loving and caring grandfather, his grandchildren were everything. Ed spent his retirement years on the tennis courts with his dear friend, Michael Sherwood, and serving on the Board of Visitors at the Binghamton Psychiatric Center. Every day was a great day to Big Guy, he lived his life to the fullest and will be truly, deeply missed by those who loved him. You will always be our "Special Ed" and #1 Big Guy.
Services will be held Monday, 4 p.m. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, with the Reverend Father John Putano, Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal, officiating. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, Monday from 1 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Ed's memory may be made to Vestal Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 959, Vestal, N.Y. 13850, or The Institute For Child Development, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902.
Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2008.