EDWARD M. MEYERS
Captain Edward W. Meyers, USNR Ret., died peacefully in his sleep July 22, 2014 at his home in Mansfield Conn. Born to Edward Theodore and Helen Hillebrecht Meyers on April 28, 1924 in Scranton Pa., Ed lived an accomplished life.
Photography and the Navy were major influences in Ed's life. A part time photographer during high school qualified him to be appointed Photographer 3/C upon enlisting in the Navy January 13, 1942. After completing his basic training, Ed was assigned to Fleet Air Photographic Squadron Atlantic Fleet in 1943, where he performed aerial photography and motion picture work and was involved with the filming to prepare military strategists and commanders for D Day. His accomplishments earned him an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. He graduated June 4th 1948 and on the same day married Lois Longman.
Ed resigned from active duty in 1954, but continued his service in the Naval Reserve. He then joined the management team for the Port of New York Authority and settled near their home town in Shrewsbury, New Jersey to raise their three daughters. In 1974, the family moved to Pittsford, N.Y. as Ed began working as Marketing Development Manager for Xerox Corporation from which he retired at the age of 55.
Ed enjoyed his family, animals and nature, especially the sea, through beachcombing, boating and fishing activities. After retiring from the Naval Reserve in 1969, Ed and Lois restored a Victorian home on Block Island R.I., enjoying summers there. Upon his retirement from Xerox, Ed and Lois acquired a second home on Sanibel Island, Fla. where they enjoyed the warm weather and beaches during the winter months. They continued this lifestyle until 2005, when they decided to move to Connecticut to be closer to family.
On his 65th wedding anniversary in 2013, Ed commented in reflection of their 65 years of marriage, "Life is what dreams are made from."
In addition to his loving wife of 66 years, Ed leaves 3 daughters and their spouses: Lois Ellen Turner and Robert Turner of Columbia Conn., Lisa and Robert Carroll of Norfolk, Va. and youngest daughter Mary Beth Meyers of Key West, Fla. Ed also enjoyed 8 grandchildren: Robert Turner, Jennifer Turner Finley, David Turner, Stephen Turner, Brian Turner, Matthew Carroll, Laura Carroll and Michelle Carroll, and 9 great-grandchildren: Robert Turner, Christian Turner, Claire Turner, Sarah Turner, Alex Turner, Kick Finley, Dash Finley, Zane Turner and McKinley Carroll. Special acknowledgement is given to Maia and Vlad Gugeshashvili for their excellent loving care in his later years.
A graveside military service is planned for September 13 on Block Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Ed's name.