Edward Michael Sweeney, formerly of Cranford, NJ and recently of Washington Crossing, PA, passed away on December 27, 2013 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with his family by his side. He was 67.
Born in Bayonne, NJ, he was a son of the late Michael and Mary Sweeney, and brother to the late Beatrice Campbell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Strunk Curtier Sweeney.
Ed was a 1964 graduate of Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served our Country overseas during Vietnam, attaining the rank of Captain. Upon being honorably discharged from service, Ed returned home and began his career in banking, and was an underwriter for several financial institutions until his retirement.
Ed married Joanne Dietz Sweeney in 1975, and enjoyed 29 years of marriage and raising their children together in Cranford until her passing in 2004. Soon after, Ed met his future second wife Ruth, and they were married on September 10, 2011 in St. George’s Church in Titusville, NJ.
Ed was an athlete, and especially enjoyed running. In his younger years, he used this skill to earn a scholarship to college. During his lifetime he enjoyed going to the gym, and was often seen at the Cranford Fitness Center. Ed was an active life member of the Cranford VFW Post 335.
He was Irish through and through, and enjoyed anything that celebrated his heritage, especially music. He was a guitar player and singer of traditional Irish songs and played occasionally with the Tipsy Rover Band of Cranford.
Ed was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, and will be truly missed.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Mary Ellen Sweeney of Los Angeles, CA, Edward Michael Sweeney, Jr. of Tahiti, Elizabeth A. Sweeney of Baltimore, MD, Catherine J. Sweeney of New York, NY, and his step children Diana White and her husband William of Biglerville, PA and Kevin S. Curtier and his wife Amber of Ivyland, PA; and five grandchildren: Mackenzie, Katherine, Mason, Reed, and Ashlyn.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday, January 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954 and on Friday, January , 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until his Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. George’s Church, 1370 River Rd., Titusville, NJ 08560. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. George’s Church at the above address or to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
St. George R. C. Church
1370 River Road, Titusville, NJ 08560
1100 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090