Edward "Ed" LaVere



Edward (Ed) LaVere, age 89, of Burgaw, NC passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on September 27, 2018. Edward was born in Felton, Delaware on July 22, 1929 to the late Harry and Helen LaVere. Edward was one of ten children. Of the ten children, he is preceded in death by; Harold LaVere, Robert LaVere, Jimmy LaVere, Marian Short, Mildred LaVere, Adele LaVere Carey, and Dorothy LaVere Jones.

Edward is survived by his devoted and beautiful wife of 65 years, Myrtle LaVere and their children; Michael LaVere (Linda) of Burgaw, NC, Douglas LaVere of Kings Mountain, NC, Ricky LaVere (Nina) of Newark, Delaware, Michele LaVere (John) of Burgaw, NC, and Beth Bryant (Julian) of Clayton, NC. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his Sister, Helen Mills of Dover Delaware, Kenneth LaVere (Sylvia) of Wyoming, Delaware, and his beautiful grandchildren; Carrie Chapman (Ken), April LaVere (Bryan), Zachary LaVere, Ricky LaVere (Lindy), Kristin Barker (Danny), Daniel LaVere, Colt Chapman, Katie Chapman, Cassie Chapman, Alysa Bryant, Noah Bryant, Jacob Bryant, Hunter LaVere, Hope LaVere, Chase Ross, Ella Barker, Ava Barker, Leona LaVere, Andrew Jones, Levi LaVere, Zeke Chapman, Rosie Chapman, a special thanks and love to Pasty and Larry Smith, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Special Thanks and love to Felicia Tillman for all the outstanding care provided during this very difficult time.

Edward began his career with Diamond State Telephone Company from 1948 – 1951, as a telephone repairman. In 1951, he joined the US Navy and served on the SS Chopper 342 Submarine until 1954. After serving his country, he went back to the telephone company to continue to grow his career and retired as an Electrical Engineer in 1978. During his time with the Telephone company, he attended the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania, Assisted NASA with developing a heart monitor for the Astronauts involved with the Mercury Mission, and he led the Engineering team that developed the first ATM machine. After his retirement, Edward and his family relocated to Burgaw, NC where they remain until present. After relocating, Edward began driving 18 Wheelers. He thought he would give that career a try and follow in his father’s footsteps. Edward was a Truck Driver from 1980 – 1992 until he retired as manager of the Wilmington, NC and Knoxville, TN fleet for Liquid Transporters. After his retirement from the trucking industry, Edward decided he would finally retire. Retirement for Edward was not what most people would think as he worked very hard during this time making toy boxes, outdoor Christmas statues, decorative sleighs, rocking horses, breadboxes, serving trays, perfecting the art of earth box gardening, and enjoying life with his family; especially his grandchildren. Edward was literally a jack of all trades. He never knew a stranger, he greeted everyone with a smile, always willing to give an encouraging word, lend his support, offer wisdom, guidance and share his love of math.

Services will be held Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Quinn McGowan Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel located at 308 W. Freemont St. Burgaw, NC. 28425. Immediately following the Memorial Service, the family would like to invite you to join them at the Burgaw Community House located 102 East Wilmington Street, Burgaw, N.C. 28425.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.