Edward J. "Edziu" Sunday, 90, of Scranton, died Monday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, the former Nancy M. Dutko, on November 29, 2020.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Ludwig (Niedziela) and Anna Tomczyk Sunday, he attended SS. Peter and Paul Parochial School and Scranton Prep, and graduated West Scranton High in 1949 and from the University of Scranton with a BS in business administration.
Edward served with the United States Navy with the admiral's staff as a petty officer second class aboard the aircraft carriers USS Leyte (CV32), USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV42) and the USS Bennington (CV20). He was a survivor of the USS Bennington explosion on May 27, 1954, which took the lives of 91 sailors and injured 201.
Originally employed by Northeastern Bank, it was here where he met his future wife, Nancy. Edward later went on to be the chief statistician for the Bureau of Traffic Safety of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in Harrisburg. He was formerly employed as the business manager at Riverside School District, and later Abington Heights School District, from where he retired. He had been a charter member of the Northeast School Business Officials, and former board member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO). He served as the first business manager in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Serving as a member of the Abington Rotary Club, Edward was honored with its Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He additionally was the former owner of Sunday Beer Garden on Landis Street in Scranton and a member of the Dodge Boosters Athletic Association.
Edward was devoted parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Scranton, and was active in its Holy Name Society and served on its finance committee, and also parish festival and cemetery committees.
Edward enjoyed attending his late grandson's, Stephen, baseball games, following his career from tee-ball to college. He loved traveling with his wife and spending Friday nights with his wife, family and friends at Arcaro & Genell's Restaurant, Old Forge.
Surviving are his son, Gregg L. Sunday and wife, Jody, of Scranton; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Stephen, who was a Scranton city firefighter who died on Dec. 29, 2020; sisters, Florence Golka, Dolores Smith; and brothers, Leo and Joseph Sunday; as well as lifelong friends, Stephen and Shirley DiRienzo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1309 W. Locust St., West Scranton. Interment to follow in the parish cemetery. All those attending are kindly asked to observe social distancing and to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
Family and friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorial contributions may be made to Local 60 Coats for Kids, c/o the Scranton Fire Department, 940 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, 18509.
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Local 60 Coats for Kids, c/o The Scranton Fire Department
940 Wyoming Ave, Scranton PA 18509