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Peter Edman of New Castle died at the age of 91 on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
A son of Edith and Harry Friedman, he was born on Sept. 27, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York.
Peter served in the Navy Air Force Seabee Corps as an aviation electronic technician's mate at Pearl Harbor during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946, having been awarded the American Theater, Victory and Asiatic Pacific medals.
Peter married Bernice Gutnick in 1948, and moved to Virginia, where he worked on air at radio station WVEC. He later joined NACA (NASA) as a structural engineer. In 1955, Peter began work at IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he held engineering and management positions until his retirement in 1988.
Peter and Bernice traveled extensively throughout the world. Both were heavily involved in community theater in both Virginia and New York. He was a founder, charter president, and an active member of the County Players community theater for 55 years.
In 1999, he and Bernice received the Dutchess County Executives Award for their contribution to the cultural arts of the county. In 2014, Peter and Bernice moved to Jameson Place in New Castle. There, he volunteered to coordinate music and movies for the residents.
Peter was predeceased by his parents; his son, Randy Edman, M.D.; and a brother, Joseph Friedman.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Bernice Edman of New Castle; his son, Dr. Neal Edman (Dr. Janice Grigsby) of New Castle; his daughter-in-law, Virginia Edman of Glastonbury, Connecticut; his sister, Roslyn Farrell of Delray Beach, Florida; sister-in-law, Joyce Friedman of Layfayette Hill; grandchildren, Rachel Edman (Zachery Beatty) of Pittsburgh, Carly Edman of Pittsburgh, Jeremy Edman (Dr. Maria Edman) of New York City and Lauren Edman (Scott Smitelli) of Durham, North Carolina; great-granddaughter, Regan Edman of New York City; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Visitation will 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory, 2429 Wilmington Road.
A funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rabbi Howie Stein officiating. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made in Peter's memory to New Castle Playhouse, 202 E. Long Ave.,New Castle, PA 16101; or Lawrence County Humane Society, Box 62, New Castle, PA 16103.
Online condolences may be offered and memories of Pete shared with the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on July 24, 2017
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