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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.

Thursday, January 2, 2014 from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954 and Friday, January , 2014 from 10:00 am until his Funeral Mass at 11:00 am in St. George’s Church, 1370 River Rd., Titusville, NJ 08560
January 03 2014 - 11:00 am
St. George R. C. Church
1370 River Road, Titusville, NJ 08560
Fairview Cemetery
1100 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090
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On January 04th, 2014 at 12:10 pm, Linda Ehlenfeldt McDonnell wrote...


I'm so sorry to hear about Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

On January 03rd, 2014 at 08:37 am, Mr. & Mrs. James Gattone wrote...

To the family of Edward Sweeney;
It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with or hold your husband & father can be most difficult to bear. The Bible however holds out a wonderful hope. The scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunited with Edward in the near future right here on earth under peaceful conditions. At that time humans will have the prospect of enjoying perfect health and they will never have to die again. Jesus said in John 5:21,28,29 "Just as the father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes those alive whom he wants to. Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus voice and come out." Jesus promised that millions now passed will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever under peaceful, paradisiac conditions (John 3:16, 17:3 & Psalm 37:29). Until that day arrives remember God who is the hearer of prayer can equip you with the power beyond what is normal to go from one day to the next (2 Corinthians 4:7, Psalm 65:2). Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

On January 03rd, 2014 at 06:47 am, Pam Lassen wrote...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Love Pam

On January 02nd, 2014 at 07:14 pm, Diana Collins wrote...

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the Sweeney Family. Thinking of our memorable times together at the Jersey Shore. Your Dad will be in our prayers.
God Bless your family,
Diana and Edward Collins

On January 02nd, 2014 at 01:33 pm, Patrick Gildea and family Glasgow wrote...

So saddened to hear of your loss our deepest sympathy to Ruth and all the family we will remember him and all of you in our prayers. May he rest in peace and may God grant you peace at this difficult time.
Patrick Gildea and family Glasgow

On January 01st, 2014 at 03:10 pm, Shirlee & David wrote...

Dear Ruth, Maryellen, Ed, Liz & Catherine,
Ed was a truly great guy and though he's left us physically, when the wind blows he's there, when you feel the warmth of the sun he's there and when it rains he's there to wash away the pain. You are in our prayers.

On January 01st, 2014 at 02:24 pm, Tony& Maire Sharkey Annagry Donegal wrote...

Please accept our greatest sympathy and condolences on the passing of your father and husband Ed Sweeney. While living in Bayonne New Jersey we had the pleasure of spending some wonderful Christmas Days and other special holidays with Ed Joanne and family. You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers. Eddie and Joanne were godparents to our son David Sharkey and they were both very special to us.
Love and God blessings The Sharkey Family

On January 01st, 2014 at 12:53 pm, The Rausches wrote...

Your parents were very special and will live on in all of the great memories we have. Know you all are in our prayers. Love,Peter and Carol Rausch

On December 31st, 2013 at 01:33 pm, Maureen and all the Gildea family in Glasgow. wrote...

Our deepest sympathy to Ruth, Mary Ellen, Catherine, Liz and Edward. We were all very shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our much loved cousin Eddie. He will live on forever in our hearts and in our memories along with our other dear family gone before him. God Bless you all.
Love Maureen xxx

On December 31st, 2013 at 12:19 pm, the Hendricks wrote...

Liz, Mare, Ed and Arn,

Deepest condolences for the loss of a great man who loved you all very much.
He lives on in our memories.
The Hendricks

On December 31st, 2013 at 08:07 am, The Kokie Family wrote...

Our deepest sympathy for your loss, Mary Ellen, Ed, Liz and Catherine. Your father was a great man and will be remembered that way -- you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

All our love, the Kokie's

On December 30th, 2013 at 07:32 am, McGrath Family Glasgow and Annagry East Co Donegal wrote...

Our sincere condolences to Eddie's wife Ruth and all his family. We have such fond memories of his younger years spent in Annagry Co Donegal. He was a much loved cousin and we will all miss him deeply. May he RIP. Eddie we will love and miss you always. Hope you will have a sing song with our beloved brother Edward. God Bless always, The McGrath Family XXXXX

On December 30th, 2013 at 05:18 am, Mary wrote...

May memories of Ed bring joy and love to all of his family. A special message to Ed's girls - Mary Ellen, Liz, and Catherine - your mom and dad were very special people - may you find strength in your shared memories. Love always - Mary S. (OK and Cranford)

On December 29th, 2013 at 08:49 pm, James & Jan Donovan wrote...

Dear Sweeney Family:

Our thoughts and prayers to you for the loss of your father. I also lost both parents at an early age and words can't express my prayers for your comfort and prayers for your Dad.

May he rest in peace in the Lord

On December 29th, 2013 at 07:03 pm, Cindy Kelly wrote...

Liz, we were saddened to hear about the loss of your dear dad. Know that you are loved and in our prayers.
Uncle Mike & Aunt Cindy

On December 29th, 2013 at 09:31 am, Eddie Peter & the Gallagher family, Dublin, Ireland wrote...

Deepest sympathy to Ruth, Liz, Mary Ellen, Catherine & Ed on the passing of Eddie, he will be sadly missed, may his soul R.I.P.

Thoughts & prayers are with you all on this sad occasion.

Love your cousin & family in Dublin

On December 29th, 2013 at 07:42 am, Dianna (Sigler) Jankausky wrote...

My deep and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband. I was saddened to hear of his passing and want you to know how very sorry I am. May his soul rest in peace.

On December 28th, 2013 at 04:49 pm, Debra Eichhammer wrote...

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Liz, Mary Ellen, Catherine, and Ed, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you, Debbie, Lissette and Paul Eichhammer.

On December 28th, 2013 at 01:30 pm, AnonymousCis McGivney wrote...

deepest sympathy to Ruth and all the family. Ed was a very fine and good man. He will be missed. May he RIP and God grant His peace to all of you. Love, Cis

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