August 17, 1927 - January 7, 2005
Born in Salinas
Resided in Salinas, CA
Ed was born December 19, 1915 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Chicago’s DePaul University in 1937. In 1940, he married Frances Dorothy Sturm, brought his bride on a honeymoon trip to the Salinas Valley, and began his career in the produce industry with the A & P Company. He joined the Lewis Tervin Company in 1946. After several years, he and 6 other employees purchased the company, and renamed the firm Merit Packing Company. After 40 years in the produce business, he sold the company and retired in 1979.
Ed was a Navy WWII veteran. His memberships included Sacred Heart Parish, Knights of Columbus, Salinas Golf & CC, Western Growers’ Association, including service as president, and the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also 1 of 3 inaugural inductees into the DePaul University basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. He was married 48 years to his wife Frances, who preceded him in death.
Ed is survived by his daughters Mary (Gene) Campion Drinks, Ginny (Jim) Connell, Josie (Tom) Dowd, Liz (Jeff) Andrus, and son Chip (Joine) Campion; 11 grandchildren: Katy, Kevin, John, Erin and Sean Connell, Brian, Bridget, and Danny Dowd, Allyson and Mark Campion, and Shelby Andrus and 4.5 great grandchildren, Jake and Maxine Strachan, Gracelynn and expectant brother/sister Campion and Lucy Frances Alpert.
Ed’s faith in God, love of daily Mass, and devotion to his family were the cornerstones of his life. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, the twinkle in his eye, and his insatiable interest in his family and the Salinas Valley Produce Industry.
Vigil service will be held today (Wednesday) at 7 pm in the Brother Edmund Rice Chapel at Palma High School, 919 Iverson, Salinas.
Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10:00 am in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22 Stone St., Salinas.
Burial will follow in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials to: Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, 22 Stone St, Salinas, CA 93901 or favorite charity.
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