Edward Dean, a devout Catholic, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 28, 2021…. below is his life story, written in his own words.
I was born in Philadelphia the 4th of 5 sons to Joseph and Alice (nee Wugofski) Dean. I was a graduate of St. John's High School; class of 1952.
I was honorably discharged from the US Air Force in 1957 after 4 years of service. I attended LaSalle College and graduated in 1961 with a degree in mathematics. During the bachelor years I held many jobs. I helped a friend with a paper route; was a clerk at the local grocery store, even running it while the owner took a vacation. One of my favorite jobs was being a bat boy for the visiting teams for the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1950 season. I was a local celebrity for being on TV carrying out to center field sunglasses for Dom DiMaggio. Before joining the military, I worked as an oiler in a textile factory. During my military years I was a member of an electrical team which maintained a hydrogen bomb. It was the second fusion weapon built by the USA. During my college years I worked as a laborer in a textile factory, and glass factory and a clerk in a photo processing plant. During those years I loved to play softball, enjoyed throwing darts, struggled shooting pool, and developed a liking for beer.
After graduating from college, I started work as a Mathematician/Computer programmer at the Naval Research Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, home for the 2nd computer built in the country (NORC). In 1963 I married my teen age girlfriend, soulmate, and love of my life, Beverly. I had an early start at raising a family with daughters Kathy and Kim. The family grew in the next years with a son Ed Jr. and daughters Gloria, Barbara, and Lee.
I participated in community activities including coaching my son Eddie's little league farm team to a championship. For numerous years I was active and in support of St. Joseph's Parish. I helped write the by-laws for the parish council and was its first president. I was also a leader and participant of the parish lectors.
I started working at the Tech Center in 1965 and continued there until my retirement in 1989. During those years I worked as a computer programmer, system analyst and system consultant. My most memorable job was writing the test procedures used for the purchase of the Tech Centers support computer. I also taught 2 semesters of computer programming at Stockton.
My retirement years were spent actively engaged in my family's lives. I took pride in my children and grandchildren. I loved watching them participate in local sports, playing horseshoes, croquet, basketball, ping-pong and teaching them how to play chess. I loved being known as Gwhop to my grandchildren and their friends. I was a fan and supporter of all Philadelphia pro sports teams, as well as pro tennis. I enjoyed attending and betting at local racetracks and casino simulcasts.
I was keenly interested in politics. Worked as a poll watcher during the JFK election. Briefly engaged in Somers Point elections. I used the letter to the editor in the AC Press to express my views on many subjects over many years.
It was a beautiful, blessed, and wonderful life.
In lieu of flowers, I am requesting donations be made to Feed the Hungry.
Edward is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Beverly, son Edward Jr., daughters Kathy (Steve), Gloria, Barbara, and Lee. Grandchildren Steven (Chris), Jennifer (Brett), Christopher, Ryan, Rachel, and John, and great grandson Oliver.
The services will be held privately.