November 21, 1923 - November 06, 2007
Edward M. Fifer, the last surviving of the nine children of Michael and Frances Fifer, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. As a child, Edward attended St. Joseph School, Bloomfield, and later graduated from Peabody High School. He joined the Merchant Marine during World War II and upon retiring married Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Cromie, also of the East End. Together, they custom-built their home in McCandless and raised five children: Joan Gretton, Gail Staub and Curtis E., Thomas and Eric J. Fifer. Edward and his wife were very active in their church and community. He volunteered as a Certified Master Gardener through the Penn State Cooperative at the perennial planting at the War Memorial in North Park. They also maintained the McCandless Township War Memorial on Old Perry Highway in memory of their sons, Capt. Curtis and Thomas Fifer. In addition, Ed donated time and labor on the grounds of Northland Public Library and his church. Ed was talented in hunting, canoeing, oil painting, writing poetry, woodcarving and crossword puzzles. However, he will be best remembered for the countless hours spent in his huge organic vegetable garden, the endless cords of firewood he chopped and homemade wine. Also predeceased by his wife and siblings, Angela Panza, Francie Horne and Eleanor, Michael, Leonard, Bernard, Jack and Joseph Fifer. Friends received from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross. Funeral Mass will follow at 11 in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, Ed requested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, for research or Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 175 McMichael Road, Carnegie, PA.