September 23, 1921 ~ February 16, 2008
Edward C. Price died February 16, 2008, ending a long life of service to his family and community. He died at the age of 86 in his wife's arms surrounded by many of his children and a grandchild. Ed was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, August 23, 1921, and spent his earliest years traveling the U.S. with his parents and young brother Larry, as his father worked as a traveling salesman. His father's death when he was just 5 sent him to Mooseheart, a children's home which he remembered with great affection. He was Valedictorian at Mooseheart High School and a member of the Illinois' State Champion Football team. He served as a gunner's mate on the Battleship Alabama in WWII, and while on leave in Los Angeles first met his wife Joan. They married during the war, June 22, 1945. Following the war Ed received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA in 1952, and they settled in Torrance. He spent his 33 year career in Aerospace at Garrett AirResearch, while raising 6 sons and 2 daughters. Ed's greatest joy was his family. He loved camping, hiking, reading, visiting museums and navel ship open houses, gardening, collecting stamps, photographing family, square dancing, chess and bible study. He still found time to serve his church and community in a multitude of ways. He saw scouting as a great vehicle for growth and development, and was proud that his sons and grandsons continued in scouting as both members and leaders. He served troop 785 as Scoutmaster and other roles, and participated in backpacking for over 20 years. He especially enjoyed the 50 mile, one week summer hikes in the High Sierras. He served as a district commissioner, and merit badge counselor. He received the Silver Beaver Award - the highest adult recognition in scouting, and the St George Emblem for outstanding service to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in Scouting. He served his church as a Religious Education Teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, member of the Holy Name Society, and VFW Chaplin. The City of Torrance awarded him Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community in 2001 for his service on the Focal Point Senior Help Line. Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years Joan E Price, his brother Lawrence, eight loving children and their spouses: Stephen and Gerong Price, Margaret and Roger Carmody, Catherine and Steven Larson, Michael and Jacqueline Price, David and Susan Price, Vincent and Annette Price, John and Vivienne Price, Timothy Price, 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Viewing 4pm-8pm w/ Rosary at 7pm, Wednesday February 20 at White & Day Mortuary, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Funeral Mass will be held St. Catherine Laboure 3846 Redondo Beach Blvd. Torrance, CA 90504 Thurs. Feb. 21 at 10:30am.
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