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Richard "Ed" Edward Bireley

7 marzo , 19444 agosto , 2020

Richard Edward (Ed) Bireley (76), passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 in the hospice unit of L&M Hospital in New London Connecticut. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, a Vietnam vet and a retired nuclear engineer at the Dominion Millstone Power Station.

Ed was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, a graduate of Science Hill High School and University of Tennessee Knoxville. He was an Eagle Scout and a voracious reader of Stephen King. He was actually able to meet Mr. King on one of his many road trips while in Maine. Over the years he was able to keep in touch with the author and able to read several pre-publication manuscripts. It was a friendship that he cherished. Ed was a Warrant Officer in the Army and flew helicopters during the Vietnam War. He received numerous medals and commendations during his tour of duty.

Ed was the oldest child of Edward Carroll Bireley and Mary Catherine Hawkins Bireley. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Linda Eberhardt Bireley and two younger siblings. He is survived by his sister Cathy Bireley Scott of Morristown Tennessee.

Ed had a quiet demeanor, but an endearing sense of humor and a contagious laugh. Due to the pandemic there will be no formal service to celebrate Ed’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation at


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Richard "Ed" Edward Bireley

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Pete Przekop

agosto 16, 2020

As newly hired engineers at Millstone Ed and I became friends many years ago. We shared our experiences while attending license school and his calm and even temperament helped us get through the program. Sorry to say we lost touch in our later years but I will always remember him as a kind and gentle soul.

Keith Jensen

agosto 15, 2020

Ed took me under his wing when I moved up to the second floor in Building 475 to be a staff engineer. He showed me how to use this new computer called the Mac. I remember the smile he always had on - like he was in on a big secret. He was kind and made work a better place. My God be with him and his family.

Gary Closius

agosto 9, 2020

Sad to hear of another friend and colleague passing. I worked with Ed for years and enjoyed his whit and wisdom. Condolences to Ed’s family.

Cathy Scott

agosto 7, 2020


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