Edward Francis Nowak peacefully passed away at Onslow Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning, May 29, 2021 at the age of 94.
Edward was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 30, 1926. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School before joining the U.S. Navy to serve our country in War World II from August 26, 1944 to June 14, 1946. Edward was assigned to the USS Sirona AKA-43 where he was a fire control officer and was present in Tokyo Bay the day the peace treaty was signed ending WWII.
Once returning to civilian life, Edward went on a blind date with Dolores Elizabeth Martin, who became his wife of 73 years. They built their lives in Hicksville, New York and resided there for 52 years before moving to Jacksonville, NC. Edward had several jobs including milk man and bus driver before passing the required exams given by the New York City Fire Department where he then enjoyed a Firefighters career for 35 years. He retired as Lieutenant at the age of 60.
During his long retirement, Edward enjoyed boating and fishing and loved most sports but especially football. His favorite team was the New York Giants. He also enjoyed adventure and mystery novels, historical movies and musicals. His favorite all-time movie was the Wizard of Oz. Edward’s biggest enjoyment in life came from being a husband, father and grandfather to his family who could always rely on his help or guidance. Second to this was his love of sweets, anything chocolate would do.
Edward is survived by his wife, Dolores, his four children Steven, Richard, Edward and Susan, five grandchildren Richard, Christin, Ryan, Dawn and Timothy and 3 great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Nicolas and Christopher.
A small family and friends service will be held to honor and celebrate Edward’s life at from 12pm – 3pm on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Edward and Dolores’ residence at 108 Penguin Lane, Jacksonville, NC. Edward’s wishes were to have half of his cremation ashes scattered over the bay of Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY where he spent 30 years boating and fishing and the other half will be laid to rest in Jacksonville, NC with his loved ones.
His memory will be kept in our hearts forever.