April 4, 1920 ~ December 21, 2003
DAVOLI, JAMES E. (ED) Colonel, USAF, RET
Ed Davoli, 83, passed away peacefully after a short illness December 21, 2003. Born April 4, 1920 in Buffalo, NY, to Italian immigrant parents Mary and James Davoli, Ed was the first member of his family to attend college, earning a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1941. While fulfilling his ROTC commitment, WWII broke out and he spent the war years as an officer in the Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. Stationed in Laredo, TX in 1942, Ed met and married his beloved wife of 48 years, Pat Oliver. Ed continued serving his country following WWII when the Air Force became a separate branch of the military. He completed his 20-year career serving his country at the rank of Colonel stationed at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Ed, Pat and their children settled in Redondo Beach in 1961 where Ed embarked on his 2nd career with Hughes Aircraft Company. Over the next 23 years he moved up the corporate ladder and retired as Director of Plant Operations. Ed was then able to pursue his 3rd and favorite career, as grandparent to his three grandchildren. He picked them up from school daily, made sure their homework was done before they went out to play, and was one of the most vocal fans at their soccer and baseball games. Ed will long be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving parent, a caring grandparent, and devout member of his church. An avid, skilled and competitive golfer, Ed was shooting his age or better for many years preceding his death. Ed regularly enjoyed taking the dimes from his regular golfing buddies. His wife, Patricia Louise, and his son Thomas Edward preceded him in death. He is survived by his son Jerry of Fresno, CA, daughter and son-in law Cindy and Ron Mason of West Hills, CA, daughter and son-in-law Patti and Bob Smith of Torrance, CA, and their three children Tommy, Kevin and Diana. A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 27, 2003, at 1:00 PM, at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ed Davoli Memorial Fund and sent to Riviera United Methodist Church. Burial with full military honors will follow with procession to Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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