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Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2853 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater, FL

OBITUARY

Edward E. Phero

July 4, 1919July 17, 2019
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Edward E. Phero was born on July 4, 1919 in Cedar Brook, New Jersey and passed away on July 17, 2019 in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 22, 2019

Memories

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Judy Clevenger Ashmen

September 10, 2019

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Shirley Robbins

July 21, 2019

Cheryl and I have been friends from second grade. Her Dad (Ed) built my parents house and they lived in the house the rest of their lives. Cheryl’s parents lived one street over from us, so we spent a lot of time together. I felt like they were my second parents. The one thing that warmed my heart was the nickname he called me was “little soupy” because he knew I loved soup. Mr. Phero, you will be truly missed. Shirley Robbins

DIXIE JONES-GINGHER

July 18, 2019

Uncle Ed,
You were so special and one of a kind. Truly a good genuine soul. So many memories of you, Aunt Gladys and John. Now you have joined them. God bless you. Rest in peace.
Dixie

Michael Jones

July 18, 2019

Rest peacefully Uncle Ed. I will always have those good memories of visits with you and Aunt Gladys when you would come up to Maryland. You were truly blessed with a good long prosperous life, which will continue through the hearts and minds of all of us. Go in peace and rest high.

Mike

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Biography

EDWARD ELLSWORTH PHERO
7/4/1919 – 7/17/2019

On July 4, 1919, in Cedar Brook, New Jersey, Theresa and Edward Phero, Sr. were blessed with their first child, a son they named Edward Ellsworth Phero. A few years later the family increased and Ed had a younger brother – Norman. As the two boys grew older it was not unusual to see them during the winter ice skating together in the frozen lake down the road; or, during the summer, “acquiring” a watermelon from a nearby neighbor’s field.

Unfortunately, their father died in a car accident when the boys were still in school. In 1938, at the age of nineteen, Ed graduated from Camden County Vocational school as an electric welder and, in 1941, came to work in the Tampa ship yard. That was his first introduction to Florida. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Baltimore, MD, to work for Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Shipyard repairing boats. It was in Baltimore that he met the love of his life, Gladys Marie Gingher.

Ed enlisted in the army in 1943 and went to Fort Meade, MD for basic training. After basic training he was stationed in Paris Texas where Gladys joined him and late on February 14, 1943 – Valentine’s Day – they found a preacher who took time from preparing his Sunday service to marry them. Most places (eateries) were closed by then but they found one that sold pecan pie and that was their celebration dinner.

Nightly entertainment at the barracks usually consisted of folks gathering on the back porch to listen to someone playing a guitar. On one of those evenings, with no advance notice, an army truck pulled up and advised them it was time for the men to go. Ed, who was a proud member of the 392th Infantry Regiment of the famed Checkerboard 99th division, first experienced combat in Le Havre, France, and he remained on the front lines for the duration of the European War.

He engaged in a variety of campaigns including the ‘Battle of the Bulge’, ‘The Ardennes Forest’, ‘Remagen Bridge’, the ‘Rhineland’ and the ‘Ruhr’. One of the most horrible things he saw was at the end of the war when they were releasing the ravaged prisoners from the concentration camps. He received 2 bronze medals for heroic achievements. He still carried his army driver’s license with him.

When he returned home from the war, he saw his son, Edward Ellsworth Phero III, for the first time.

Not wanting to work for anyone else, he started a pick-up dry cleaning business and later added shoe repair.

In July of 1948 his daughter, Cheryl Anne, was born. Ed loved his family dearly. He was survived by 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He always had fond memories of Florida and when a friend suggested they go to Florida and start a building business he was ready. He built homes for a few years. His other enthusiasm was cars. He then decided to build himself a gas station and repair shop in Safety Harbor, which he operated until the day he retired.

He was known for his cars. Some made it to the race track and others made it to the demolition derby.

Being raised on a farm he liked the outdoors. He always had a garden and could supply the neighbors with fruits and vegetables. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and especially crabbing. Usually transporting patients that were much younger than him, he volunteered at Morton Plant Hospital driving the van until he was in his 90’s.

During his time in Florida, he joined the Masons. Ed was a Past Master of East Gate Lodge #355, District Deputy Grand Master and District Instructor.

Ed made Clearwater his forever home and lived there for 63 years; first in Sunset Point Estates, then in Barrett Manor and finally in Regency Oaks.