Edward “ Ed” Lee Sunday
BROCTON – Edward “Ed” Lee Sunday, age 93, of Brocton, N.Y., passed away peacefully at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. Sunday, July 12, 2020 following a brief illness.
Ed was born on November 5, 1926 in Brocton, N.Y., a son to the late Arthur and Gertrude (Lee) Sunday. He was a graduate from Brocton Central School in the Class of 1945.
Following graduation, he had entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1945 to be trained at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss., as a mechanic on the B29 Super Fortress. At the end of the war he was reassigned to the newly formed 53rd Very Long Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, headquartered at Grenier Field, N.H. and was later transferred to Morrison Field in Florida.
Corporal Sunday was a crew member on the RB17-Reconnaissance Bomber, which flew through weather systems collecting data. This squadron later became known as the “Hurricane Hunters.”
Following his honorable discharge on Dec. 30, 1946, he met and married the love of his life, Margaret (Peg) Meyer in 1953. He had their home built on the family grape farm on Bear Lake Road and resided there his whole life until being moved to the Fredonia Place, where he received wonderful care and compassion in their Memory Care Unit.
Ed was employed by the Kling Furniture Company until it burned, then was hired by Welch Foods in Brocton. He was promoted and transferred to the Welch Plant in Westfield where he worked in the research and development department. He enjoyed having his family sample and rate the Welch pro-ducts they were working on in the lab. Mr. Sunday re-tired in 1989 after 32 years of service and then continued working on his grape farm.
Ed was an active member of the National Grape Cooperative for 48 years, and the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association.
He was an active member and former trustee of the Portland Congregational Church where he served as an usher for many years. He and his wife especially enjoyed their time spent with the “Zipping Stars” group at the church. Ed was also a 31-year member of the Brocton American Legion Post 434.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife in 2008.
Ed is survived by his daughters; Diane (Angelo) Terrano, Patricia (Daniel) Thompson, Marcia (David) Travis, his son Edward (Lisa) Sunday, grandchildren Lindsay (Andy) Scott, Tara (Jeff ) Jakse, Amy (Greg) Hartman, Matt (Jean) Travis, Steve (Courtney) Travis, Caleb and Grace Sunday, and six great grandchildren.
Private visitation and funeral services will take place at the MORSE Funeral Home, 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, N.Y. 14716 followed by interment at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded.
A memorial service will take place and be announced at a later date by the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Portland Congregational Church or the Brocton American Legion Post 434.
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