Edward J. Vasely, 96, died of pneumonia on Aug. 25, 2021, at his residence in Ocean Hills Senior Living. He was a Coronado resident for over 40 years.
He was born on Feb. 22, 1925, in Detroit Michigan, the eldest of eight, born to Joseph and Matilda Vasely. He graduated from Holy Redeemer High School. Soon after he joined the Coast Guard to serve in World War II. His ship, the Joyce, was active in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. He became an engineer with the help of the GI Bill. While vacationing in Florida in 1948 he met the love of his life, Jean Frances Cahill, who was also vacationing there after graduating from nursing school. Ed and Jean married in 1950 on June 17. After several moves, they ultimately settled in Jean’s hometown of Yonkers.
Ed decided he wanted to build things that fly. His career began at Long Island’s Republic Aviation Corp., moving later to Grumman Aerospace. His career highlights include his work on the Lunar Module and the F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet. After his first retirement, Ed and Jean moved the family to Coronado where he worked for the Navy on North Island for 15 more years.
Ed loved serving his country, his church, and his community. While raising his family he was a Boy Scout leader and coached Little League for his sons. He was a self-taught electrician, plumber, landscaper, and general contractor. He remodeled the Yonkers house from top to bottom. During summers between 1957 and 1970, he built the family summer home in upstate New York, with a lot of help from Jean and the kids!
After moving to Coronado, Ed became a member of the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart and after retirement, joined the Coronado PD’s Senior Volunteer Patrol and became a docent on the Midway.
Ed was a hard-working man, a man of faith, a patriot, a fervent supporter of the military, a loving husband, and a proud father and grandfather. He had many friends and loved to laugh, tell bad jokes and old stories from his depression-era childhood. He was loved by many.
Ed is survived by his six children:Debbie (Mike) Cea of Oceanside, Mike (Geri) Vasely of Hopewell Junction, New York, Paul Vasely of Hopewell Junction, Robert (Madeline) Vasely of San Diego, Denise (Roger) Oliver of Imperial Beach, and Peter (Deanne) Vasely of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his grandchildren Michelle Bailey, James Cea, Danielle Carlucci, Chris Vasely, Ryan Compton, Nicole Irwin, Joshua Vasely, and Charlotte Vasely; his great-grandchildren Charlotte Bailey, Adeline Bailey, Claire Cea, Jake Cea, Mason Carlucci, Dylan Carlucci, Skyler Compton, Parker Compton, Jackson Irwin, Jamison Irwin, and Presley Irwin; and his sisters Mary Ann Sheehan of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Betty Ruffino of Northglen, Colorado; and his sister-in-law Sharon Vasely of Newport Richey, Florida.
Ed’s funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 10: at by Monsignor Sheahan at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado. The service was live streamed and archived by Sacred Heart for those unable to attend. https://sacredheartcor.org/worship/live-broadcast/
Interment was held at Holy Cross Cemetery following the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers those wishing to do so, may donate in Ed’s name to any of the following: American Parkinson’s Disease Association at https://www.apdaparkinson.org/; the Wounded Warriors Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/; or the Midway Museum at https://www.midway.org/