Edwin Bernard Gilroy

edwin gilroy

August 10, 1923 ~ February 24, 2012

Resided in: Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Gilroy, Edwin Bernard, "Eddie", a 55 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012, in Palos Verdes Estates. Born in Highland Park, IL, Eddie was 88 when he died. Eddie served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, subsequently served in the Air Force Reserves, and was honorably discharged in 1955. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Eddie lived and worked in Chicago, IL, before relocating to Southern California with his wife, Olga, and their children. For more than 50 years, Eddie was active throughout his South Bay community, serving on numerous civic enterprises, including the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, and as a member and an officer of both St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, and the Palos Verdes Breakfast Club. An avid runner and sports enthusiast, Eddie completed eight marathons after the age of 50, played tennis, and coached or managed numerous youth sports teams. With his passing, Eddie Gilroy left a legacy of faith, civic pride and devotion to family. He is survived by Olga, his beloved wife of 63 years, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA; daughter Laura Gilroy Hastings of Torrance, CA; son, Paul (Gerrie) Gilroy of San Diego, CA; son Edwin (Aimee) Gilroy of Alexandria, VA; daughter, Melinda (Larry) Holland of Banning, CA; brother Thomas (Delores) Gilroy of Indian Wells, CA; and four grandchildren, Erin, Katherine, Matthew and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine and Edwin Gilroy, his sister, Harriet, and brother, Michael. Services will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10 am. A reception follows in the church hall. Burial will take place at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation or Palos Verdes Estates Community Assistance and Resources for the Elderly and Seniors (PVE-CARES).

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  1. I was saddened to hear of Eddie’s passing today. I worked for Eddie way back in the late ’70s – early ’80s. Olga, as I mentioned on the phone, he mentioned you often during our meetings, and he had such a great love for you and his entire family. May you be comforted by the fact that he had such an influence in so many lives over the years! May God bless you all!

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gilroy family. Eddie will be fondly remembered by his fellow employees at VoiShan/Fairchild. They were great years under his capable leadership.

  3. I have fond memories of Mr. Gilroy’s warmth and generous spirit. He always made me feel happy when I was in his company. One of my favorite recollections is his little speech at Laura’s 50th birthday party about how proud he felt to be her father. It just melted my heart. What a great man. We are all so lucky to have known him. My thoughts are with you.

  4. We remember fondly the many Easter and 4th of July celebrations spent at Ed and Olga’s home. They welcomed us into their family over our years living in Los Angeles as one of their own grandchildren. We always enjoyed our conversations with Ed about his military service, history and politics at family gatherings. May the Lord bless him and his family. We love all of you.

  5. What a lovely family you have. The love of your Husband, Father and Grandfather has always been apparent in the way you always have talked about him. Cherish the good memories. I am sorry for your loss. I am sure he is at peace with God now.

  6. Dear Mrs. Gilroy and Family, Please accept my deepest condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to hear that Eddie is gone, but am so happy that he had a wonderful life. May he rest in peace. I was part of Eddie’s HR team at VSI back in the 80’s and held him in the highest regard. Sincerely, Rose Ann Gordon Rose Ann Gordon

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