Edward Albert Geary
December 5, 1928 – April 27, 2021
Edward A. Geary, known to many as “Doc”, was one of Stuart’s first dentists.
From a Florida pioneer family, Ed was born December 5, 1928 in Tampa, Florida to Francis (Frank) and Lois Geary. He had an older sister, Frances and a younger brother Donald. He attended Hillsborough High School.
A WWII veteran, Ed entered the United States Army at 17 and served from 1946-1948. He was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne serving in occupied Japan. After military service he studied chemistry at Florida State University. Upon graduation Ed worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture as an Analytical Chemist and as the Director of Radiological Training.
A lifelong Seminole, Ed met the love of his life Juanita at Florida State where she was studying Elementary Education. They were married in 1953 and lived in Tallahassee where they welcomed two children Charles (Chuck) and Linda.
They traveled to Memphis, Tennessee in 1962, where Ed earned his dental degree from the University of Tennessee. In 1965, they settled in Stuart where Doc began his dental practice. After retiring from private practice in 1989, Ed once again worked for the state of Florida as the Senior Dentist at Martin Correctional Institution and as a Medical Examiner for the Florida State Board of Dentistry.
Ed was heavily involved in his church and community. The family attended First United Methodist Church of Stuart where he served on many of the church boards. He and Juanita served as counselors to the Methodist Youth Fellowship having a lasting impact on many local youth.
Doc was a lifetime member of the American Dental Society, Florida Dental Society, Atlantic Coast Dental Association and Tri-County Dental Association where he served as President. He served as chairman of the Martin County Health Facilities Authority. He also served as chairman of the Martin Memorial Hospital Board. Ed served on the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and was Chairman from 1973-1974. He served for many years on the Florida Inland Navigational District and the City of Stuart Local Planning Agency. He is a Past President of the Stuart Kiwanis Club.
Ed enjoyed freshwater fishing, boating in the local waterways and hunting in Texas. In retirement he and Juanita enjoyed traveling the country in their motorhome. Their longest adventure was a trip to Alaska. In his later years, Ed enjoyed the Wednesday morning Old-Timers Social at the Stuart Heritage Museum.
Ed passed to Heaven on April 27, 2021 at the age of 92. He will be missed by his family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Juanita. He is survived by his son, Chuck Geary, a local attorney, and his wife Becky, and by his daughter Linda Geary who is curator for the Historical Society of Martin County. He was proud of his two grandsons, Charles Geary, Jr and his wife Caitlin and Christopher Geary and his wife Jade. He also had many nieces and nephews that were dear to him.
Interment is under the direction of Aycock Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Edward A. Geary to the First United Methodist Preschool, PO Box 539, Stuart, FL 34995 Phone: (772) 287-6262 or the Stuart Heritage Museum, 161 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994 Phone: (772) 220-4600.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the near future.
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Edward Albert Geary
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May 4, 2021
I met Dr. Geary some 10 years ago when I, and a number of Linda's classmates from UWF Pensacola spent the weekend at his lake home near Gainsville. Being a Vietnam vet, Doc and I began swapping war stories. Come to find out, he had jumped out of perfectly good airplanes with the 11th Airborne Division. His family was surprised to hear this because like many veterans of his generation, he never spoke of his wartime experiences. I think he enjoyed the weekend for having a chance to relive some of these memories, and finding an interested audience. At one time, Doc rambled around Stuart in his 1930 Model A Roadster. So we had the old car hobby to share as well. I visited Doc just a few weeks ago, and was saddened to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed. I extend my sincere condolences to his family.
Shan & Barbara Pointer
May 1, 2021
Our Deepest Sympathy on your loss. Ed and Juanita were fine people. May God Bless your family.
April 29, 2021
Dear Linda, Chuck, Becky, Chuck Jr, Caitlin, Chris and, Jade
I loved your dad and grand dad. I grew up with Chuck around him. He was another dad to me as I was over there quite often. I have so many memories of him like the time Chuck and I got his pickup truck buried in sand on the beach and we tried to clean it up. However, he found out! A few years ago my girls and I had Thanksgiving over your dads house and he said to Chuck and Linda, it’s like old times with Robbie eating here. Yes it was! Good old times! I loved your mom too. They were the perfect couple. He was a great husband and father. Your mom was a great wife and mother, No one could have had better parents than Chuck and Linda. Your dad missed your mom I know very much. They are now back together in Gods hands. I will miss them both dearly forever! May God bless them both and May God bless the whole Geary family. Love, Robbie