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Edward J. Simonik, Sr. – Honor a Deceased Veteran Ceremony

February 11, 2019


Edward Joseph Simonik Sr. was born on March 25, 1928 in Plainville, Connecticut to Wallace M. Simonik and Catherine Fimonick Simonik.  Edward was the brother of John Simonik, Wallace Simonik and Theresia Simonik.

Edward attended Sacred Heart School from 1934-1943 and Troy High School from 1942-1945.

Edward enrolled in the United States Merchant Marine, in New York, New York on May 18, 1945.  On September 1, 1945, Edward graduated from the United States Maritime Service Training Station at Sheepshead Bay, New York.  Edward served on foreign and inter-coastal voyages aboard the N.Y.U. Victory, the Texarkana Victory and the Amarillo Victory, as a Fireman/Watertender and Oiler. For his active service, Edward earned the Atlantic War Zone Bar. Edward left his service in the United States Merchant Marine in early 1946 to enlist into the United States Marine Corps.  On April 30, 1946, Edward enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Albany, New York.  Pfc Simonik attended the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee, for training as an aircraft mechanic. Pfc Simonik was honorably discharged on June 15, 1947.

On April 17, 1949, Edward married his wife, the late Betty Jane (Davis) Simonik in St. Augustine Church, Troy, New York.  Edward was the father of one daughter; Kathryn Anne (Simonik) Pade and one son; Edward Joseph Simonik, Jr.  Edward is also survived by a granddaughter; Audrey Pade.

Edward was employed with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. as a supervisor in the Albany Sub Station Department, retiring after 38 years.

Edward was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Troy.  He was a member of the 25 Year Club of Niagara Mohawk, the Brunswick Elks, the Cossayuna Lake Association and the American Legion, Wynantskill Post.

Edward enjoyed fishing, hunting and building projects.



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