Edwin G. Fleck, Jr.
Mr. Edwin G. Fleck, Jr., age 76, of Newark, DE, passed away at his residence on Saturday, April 9, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Ed worked for 46 years as a chemical engineer with FMC. During his career, he started up plants in Japan and Ireland. After retiring in 2000, he continued to work as a consultant. He was a long-time member of St. Johns-Holy Angles R.C. Church, where he volunteered with the Knights of Columbus. He also volunteered with the Newark High School Band Boosters from 1977 until 1996, and was integral to the success of the annual sub sale fundraisers.
In his spare time, Ed enjoyed gardening, reading, and spending quality time with his family. He is known for the beautifully detailed dollhouses he made for special people in his life. He took great pleasure in making others happy. Ed also spent many summers raising Monarchs from finding eggs and caterpillars on milkweed plants to releasing the adult butterflies. He shared this hobby with his grandchildren, friends, and others he met along the way. He leaves behind many fond memories, and will always be remembered as a gentle man, a family man, and a giving man.
Ed shared almost 53 years with his devoted wife, Patricia. He is also survived by eight children: Eileen Warwick (Steven), Lois Fleck, Susan Perna (Louis), Linda DeSalvo (Gregory), Alan Fleck (Carol), Laura Flack (Brian), Diane Massaglia (Robert), and Michelle Hawley (Michael). Additionally, he leaves behind 14 grandchildren: Gregory, Allison, Cassandra, Clarissa, Theodore, Sara, Calvin, Chloe, Ethan, Luke, Alex, Evan, Aidan, and Connor Edwin. Ed was proud of all his grandchildren, and his family is deeply saddened that he will miss the graduation of his eldest granddaughter, Midshipman Allison Warwick, from the United States Naval Academy in May, 2011. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Fleck. He was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Anna Fleck and by an infant son, John Edwin, in 1964.
Friends may call from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am, on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, E. Main and N. Chapel Streets, Newark. Interment will follow in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213