Ed / Eddie / Uncle Ed / GreatEd / Dad / Poppy -
We are grateful to have been part of your life!
You led life to its FULLEST - full of honor, humility, humor and an unwavering dedication to your country, family, friends and co-workers. And lest we forget, you also taught us to CELEBRATE! - to cherish life's little and big feats by raising and toasting with a cold one! Thanks for being a great example to follow. We look forward to following in your footsteps all the way to Heaven and one day, again raising a cold one to CELEBRATE our reunion.
We are grateful to have been part of your life.
You led life to its FULLEST - full of honor, humility, humor and an unwavering dedication to your country, family, friends and co-workers. And lest we forget, you also taught us to CELEBRATE! - to cherish life's little and big feats by raising and toasting with a cold one! Thanks for being a great example to follow. We look forward to following in your footsteps all the way to Heaven and one day, again raising a cold one to CELEBRATE our reunion. - See more at: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/edsweeneyjr/Subpage.aspx?mod=1#sthash.hkLXBzEv.dpuf
Full Name: LTC (Ret) Edward J. "Eddie / Poppy" Sweeney, Jr.
Date of Birth: March 16, 1946
Date of Death: December 02, 2008
Place of Birth: Boston, MA
Place of Death: Charlotte, NC
Memberships: US Army, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Red Sox Nation
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Red Sox
Favorite Food: Budweiser
Favorite Musical Group: Any song from Casey Kasem Top 40 show in 70s
Greatest Achievement: Saving Lives of fellow soldiers in Vietnam and living to raise a wonderful family
Favorite Song: Oh, Lord Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz and Great Globs of Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts Hobbies and Additional Favorites: Rooting for Sox, Pats & Celts. Golfing and Fishing with friends.
Edward J. Sweeney, Jr., 62
Union County Public Schools Maintenance Director;
Retired Army Lt. Colonel; Vietnam War Hero
HUNTERSVILLE, NC - Edward J. Sweeney, Jr., age 62, a resident of Huntersville, NC died unexpectedly Tuesday at Charlotte's Presbyterian Hospital. He was the husband of Ellen T. (Finn) Sweeney for 41 years.
Born and raised in Boston, Ed Sweeney, son of Edward Sr. and the late Mary (Fitzgerald) Sweeney of Roslindale and brother of the late Maureen (Sweeney) Dugan, Anne Marie (Sweeney) Scannell, Michael Sweeney and Beth (Sweeney) Knapp, was a 1964 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tampa.
Ed Sweeney, an Army Corp of Engineer officer, served in the US Army for 20 years, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1987. During his military career, he served one tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, during which he was awarded a number of medals for meritorious leadership and gallantry in action including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and an Air Medal (45th award with "V" device) for Heroism. He was stationed at many bases throughout the eastern US and a tour to Germany again garnering such awards as the Army Commendation Medal (three times) and the Meritorious Service Medal (two times) before retiring in 1987 from Ft. McPherson, GA.
Ed Sweeney and his family moved to Huntersville, NC in 1989 to serve as the Assistant Director of Maintenance for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. Then, in 1994, Ed Sweeney became the Union County Public Schools Maintenance Director. There he led a team of 125+ wonderful workers through Union County's explosive growth and was instrumental in establishing the Union County Public Schools Maintenance Organization Golf Tournament to raise funds for the organization's charitable works including the annual Christmas party for children with special needs that attend the Wolfe Developmental Center in Monroe, NC. Known for his crazy, fun costumes and hats, Ed Sweeney loved to entertain kids and lighten-up meetings with his frivolous spirit.
Active in many youth athletic programs while raising his children, including the famed Sitzmarker Ski Club in Stuttgart, Germany, Ed Sweeney spent his later years playing golf with his wife, cheering for his beloved Boston sports teams, and fishing with friends in Cape Cod and Florida. Ed Sweeney was also a parishioner of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC.
In addition to his wife, Ellen, Ed leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Sean P. Sweeney and Julie R. Sweeney of Highlands Ranch, CO; a daughter, Shannon Sweeney, of Huntersville, NC; and three wonderful “Poppy”-loving grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 1 to 4 P.M. at the Raymer Funeral Home (16901 Old Statesville Rd.) in Huntersville, NC. All are welcome to pay their respects and celebrate his life.
A funeral mass will be held at 11am on December 12th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church (167 E. Falmouth Hwy) in East Falmouth, MA. A full burial with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.
The Sweeney Family wish to extend gratitude beyond words to the truly “Remarkable Cardiac Care” from the nurses and doctors at the Coronary Care Unit at Presbyterian Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "UCPS Employee's Association Fund" to support the UCPS Maintenance Organization's charitable works. Donations can be made in person or mailed to the attention of Ray Barnes, Union County Public Schools Maintenance Office, 201 Venus Street, Monroe, NC 28112.