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Edward Smith

Edward W. Smith

Thursday, May 3rd, 1928 - Saturday, February 29th, 2020
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Edward W Smith of Warrington PA., died peacefully on February 29, 2020 at Pine Run in Doylestown. He was 91 years old. He was the beloved husband of Margaret T. Smith who passed away in February of 2009. The couple had been married for 52 years.
Born in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Edna Buffington Smith.

Ed was a resident of Warrington for 52 years, having formally lived in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of North East High School class of 1945. Ed graduated in 1953 from Drexel University where he received a BS in electrical engineering.

Between High School and College Ed was in the Air Force for three years working on fire control systems for various Air Force fighter planes. He spent 27 months in Germany with the occupation Army. He was discharged as a staff sergeant and subsequently served in the reserves for five years.
After his discharge, Ed worked at RCA in Camden NJ in the airborne fire control section. After leaving RCA he joined General Electric where he worked in the space division for 41 years. He primarily worked on satellite programs which included Nimbus, Landsat and DSCS for both NASA and the Air Force. Ed held may positions at GE with his most favorite being spacecraft manager. Ed was a workaholic. He traveled extensively for work; his first launch was from LOMPOC California (VAFB) in 1964. Ed was very proud to have his family accompany him for the launch.

Ed was active in the Knights of Columbus and was past Grand Knight with Council 4160 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. In addition, he was a 4th degree Knight with the Archbishop Wood Assembly, a member of the VFW, member of Saint Robert Bellarmine Church and its senior citizens club, the EPS.
Ed was a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. In 1948, fresh from serving in the USArmy, Ed spent his weekends at Shibe park with his best friend Walt watching the games. In 1949 he bought his first season tickets for $19. He always said the 1948 and 1949 teams were the best Eagles teams. In 1989 he once again had season tickets with his daughters and they enjoyed many years of Eagles games together. He was very grateful the Eagles won the Super Bowl while he was here to see it.

Ed was father to Janice (Henderson) Spotz, Suzanne Barnhurst (Bill), and Patrice O’Brien, and the late Harry Henderson. He was the brother of Joseph Smith and the late Florence Yochim and James Smith.
He was the grandfather of Holly Gregor, Wendy Kershner, Joey Connaughty, Brenda Herman, Linda Pettersen, Linda Barnhurst, Patricia Wiley, Bill O’Brien and Matthew O’Brien. He is also survived by his 9 great grandchildren. Ed enjoyed the many times he spent with the family for vacations and other events.

A Memorial Service will be held for Ed on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00am at the Shelly Funeral Home 1460 Easton Rd., Warrington, PA. Internment will follow in Saint John Neumann Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 AM until the time of service at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Bucks County SPCA.
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  • Visitation

    Friday March 6, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday March 6, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Shelly Funeral Home, Warrington
    1460 Easton Road
    WARRINGTON, PA 18976
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  • Service

    Friday March 6, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday March 6, 2020 11:00am
    Shelly Funeral Home, Warrington
    1460 Easton Road
    WARRINGTON, PA 18976
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. John Neumann Cemetery
    County Line and Upper State Rds
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Anita Antes

Posted at 08:12am
I met Ed Smith unexpectedly just a few years ago, when I had the honor of spending a few hours in conversation with him. He,
of course, was the better conversant! He spoke mostly of his professional life, revealing his passion and dedication to the technical and engineering path he chose. Since I was a career academic researcher, his enthusiasm and joy over each discovery were familiar. There were no lapses in our discourse, and true to his focused mind, a book we had discussed was later brought to me. I wish we had crossed paths earlier. There was so much more to learn from this wonderful man.
Anita Antes

Karen Harrington Christian

Posted at 08:55am
So sorry for your loss as that generation is passing away for us all. Both your parents were so supportive of you all and we saw them many times with the band and scout activities. Lots of good memories to hold on to! May God's peace be with you during time of grief.

Linda Coates-Scott

Posted at 06:19pm
I would have loved to have met your beloved POP- POP❤️ Over the past 25 years of knowing Holly Gregor, she has spoke so fondly about him especially when she would travel to see him or when the Eagles played she was always a fierce supporter for her POP - POP’s team. Although I never met him, felt as though I knew him. .... God Bless and Rest In Peace ❤️ You are missed by many❤️

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