LTC. Edward Joseph Scully III

June 22, 1940 - December 24, 2018

LTC. Edward Joseph Scully III, age 78, of Wilmington, DE, passed away at Christiana Hospital on Monday, December 24, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on June 22, 1940, he was a son of the late Edward Joseph and Helen (Sabbata) Scully. He attended St. Ann School and was a proud graduate of Salesianum High School. After graduating from Salesianum, Ed joined the US Army serving from 1961 to 1988. During his 27 year career, he was promoted five times retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Ed received many awards and decorations during his years serving in the United States Army; Legion of Merit, Bronze Star ““ Valor Bronze Star ““ Service Purple Heart, Joint Service Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal. He served his country during the Vietnam War, serving from June 68 to December 69. Ed was no ordinary soldier; he joined the Special Forces and earned his Green Beret. He attended flight school and aviation became his passion. During his career and the decades that have followed, Ed has been referred to as a true American hero. His support and love of country did not stop when he left the Army. After retiring back in Delaware, Ed began a second career at Summit Aviation. Ed was able to use his military connections to allow the team to proudly support the warfront from home. Ed retired from Summit after 25 years, but remained on staff as a consultant. There are few people who can say that they have dedicated their lives to their country, but Ed can. He served his country bravely for 56 years, with a Salesian spirit set by the foundation of his years at Salesianum.

Ed received many recognitions as a civilian, the Bronze Honorable Order of St. Michael, induction into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame and induction into the Salesianum High School Hall of Fame.

Ed loved going to the beach in Fenwick Island with his family, golfing, fishing and hunting with his grandsons, playing putt-putt golf with his younger grandchildren, sitting on a deck with a really good orange crush, and spending time with his friends telling stories, but most of all being with Pat.

Ed is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Patricia (Glanden); his daughters, Suzanne Gubich (Randy), Corynn Ciber, Kristin Stein (Edward); his son Edward Scully IV (Wendy); grandchildren, Danielle, Cole, Kyle, Maxwell, Julia, Connor; great-grandchildren, Ashton and Kailani; brothers, Robert (Aviva) and Thomas (Phyllis); his sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Shepherd, Peggy Sue Venci (Joe), Deborah Ann Scully; brother-in-law George R Glanden (Joanne); his favorite dog Lucy; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and several new and lifelong friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm on Thursday, January, 3, 2019, at Salesianum School, 1801 N Broom St, Wilmington, DE. A second visitation will be held from 12 pm until 1 pm on Friday, January 4, 2019, at St. Elizabeth R.C. Church, 809 S Broom St., Wilmington, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 pm. Interment will be held at a later date in Arlington Va.

Flowers would be appreciated, or donations could be made in Ed’s honor to the JDRF at 100 West 10th Street Suite 1103, Wilmington, DE 19801, or Navy SEAL Foundation at 1619 D Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23459.


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34 Condolences for LTC. Edward Joseph Scully III

  • I was fortunate to work with him and also, to get to know him to a small degree. He was the definition of a “good man”. RIP

  • So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My family and I always remember and cherish fond memories of our days as neighbors in Tabb VA.

  • Corynn, My sincere and deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father. May you find comfort knowing your dad is safely home in the arms of our God. God Bless You and your family at this very difficult time. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Ed Scully and I go back more than 55 years. We both attended the Delaware Notional Guard Academy and were commissioned as 2nd LTs together in 1965. In 1967 we both joined the 11th Special Forces Group which was a reserve unit. As you know Ed did a tour in Vietnam. He was a “Soldiers Soldier” We stayed in touch over the years as my career moved me around the country. The world will not be the same with the loss of patriots and gentlemen like Ed Scully. MY FRIEND.

  • So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with you.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s, “Pug’s” passing.
    So many happy, funny and joyful memories with the Scully family. We feel so lucky to have had Pug as a friend and mentor to our family.
    Much love and our deepest sympathy, Tom and Pat Williams

  • My sincere condolences to the entire family. Ed Scully was a wonderful man and true American Patriot. May he rest in peace.

  • We have been blessed serving under then “Major Scully” and having had a wonderful relationship with the entire Scully family since Ed was commander of RW Priority Transportation at Ft. Belvoir, VA in ’78—’79. This was a high stress position in Military District of Washington providing transport to the highest officials of the US and foreign governments. Major Scully, I’m sure, exceeded all expections in performing his tasks flawlessly. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you, Pat and family!!

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was always professional, respectful and compassionate. But you knew he would do what had to be done if it ever became necessary. I admired him for who he was and honor him for what he did. A man of true honor and integrity! God Bless you Ed!

  • You will be missed he was a great guy and a good friend

  • Thank you Ed for all the good times and the wonderful generosity you always displayed to us Soldiers! Your contributions to the Chinook community and the Army will never be forgotten. I appreciate the friendship and will miss the drinks and hard times we gave each other!
    Rest Easy Old Timer you earned it!

    Blue skies and strong tail winds amigo!

  • Corynn and family, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • I worked with Ed during my 21 years at Summit Aviation. He was a great guy and a good friend, he will be missed.

  • Have you ever known somebody for a blink of the eye…and remembered them for the rest of your life?

    I met Ed Scully when I was assigned to the Davison Army Airfield, Rotary Wing Division, Military District of Washington.

    It was post Vietnam. I think I arrived Davison in late 1975. I had expected to go to Vietnam when I was in Army ROTC but the war ended while I was in Flight School. That was okay by me.

    So now I am a junior Lieutenant (butter bar) in a unit of war seasoned helicopter pilots. This is actually an easy assignment…they expect nothing of me…I treat most of them as gods.

    Captain Ed Scully was my second commanding officer in the Rotary Wing Division…I do not remember my first CO.

    I know class and leadership when I see it…Captain Scully…later Major Scully was the real deal.

    Captain Scully commanded respect without asking for it. He could just about look at you and you would volunteer for ‘extra duties’…nobody ever volunteered for extra duties.

    I liked being under his command.

    Almost never, but on rare occasions, the guys in our unit would say something about Vietnam. Captain Scully once mentioned a fight with the enemy. I think he was in a Special Forces unit that at the time was fighting for their lives. They were taking a lot of fire. Captain Scully said he would pop up from the dugout area they were hiding behind and fire away…then he would have one of his mates promptly pull him back into the dugout by his legs to avoid getting shot. This whole retelling of this event took less than one minute…never repeated again. These guys didn’t talk much about their experience in Vietnam.

    I was raised in a military family…my father served 33 years…WW II (special forces), Korea, Vietnam.
    I served 23 years in the Army and Navy…mostly in the Reserves.

    I have met a lot of military officers…but I have never met a classier Commanding Officer than Ed Scully.

    Lt. Colonel Ed Scully I wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas. Godspeed you on your journey.

    E. Paul Eschenburg
    Commander, Ret, USNR

  • My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.l as well as many will miss the presence of a true American hero,he was stern and commanded respect but was also fair and kind.l recall the first time l. meet Ed has was having a conversation with another individual in the hallway and as l past him l said by your leave Sir he called me back and asked what did l day and l repeated it and he said it was a long time since he heard that, from that point on he requested that I stop by his office once a week so we could chat and there were times l spent over an hour talking.

  • With deep sadness we learn of the loss of a great American, a great Warrior and wonderful husband, father grandfather and neighbor. The honors bestowed upon Ed for his heroism during war and peace speak to his patriotism and devotion to our country.. We will miss our chats on the roadway in Fenwick, but will not forget that we were friends of a truly remarkable American. Very best and deepest sympathies to Pat and the entire Scully family. With love, Roni and Dave Cohen

  • Ed was always a pleasure to be around. He was, in every sense, a gentleman & a pleasure to know.
    My condolences & deep sympathy to his entire family, friends, and everyone who knew this very honorable man. God Bless Ed, and the many memories he gave to so many.

  • So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Thoughts & prayers are being sent to you and your family.

  • My heart is still heavy from hearing this news. Sending love and hugs to pat, Cory and Kristi. Love you all so much and I’m so sorry. The only thing that makes me smile is to know my dad has a good friend to catch up with now. He’s got some of the best company anyone could ask for.
    RIP Ed

  • I had the honor and privilege to know and work with Edward during his Summit career and in support of US Army Aviation. Purpose driven and a true Patriot with his heart supporting family, friends, and The Soldiers. I am blessed to have called him Friend. Onwards to Valhalla Warrior and Prayers of Strength and Compassion to Pat and the Scully Family.

  • It was a pleasure and honor to call Ed my friend. He would do anything for anyone. Ed would stop by my office at work, about once a week and sit with me to talk about my grandson, who has cerebral palsy. He always asked about his progress in his therapies. We have lost a great man but will never be forgotten. Our thoughts an prayers will always be with Ed’s family and friends. Rest easy Ed and God Bless you. You will be terribly missed. It will never be the same without you. Thank for making me a better person.

  • Ed was a true patriot and great friend. My condolences to the family. Until we meet again my brother, rest easy.

  • It was an honor and a privilege to know and work with Ed for the past 20 years. He has made an impact on my life and will be missed. I salute you Ed!

  • I was so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. I met Ed many years ago and he was a good man. In times like these, words are somehow inadequate but I wish to extend my sincere condolences to you and your entire family. Remember all the good times you shared with him because I am sure there are a lot of good memories. Family, Faith and Friends are what we have in times like these. Ellie Green

  • It was a true privilege to have worked with Ed while he was at Summit. His passion and leadership created an environment of innovation and dedication to serving the aviation community that has been equalled by few.

    My heartfelt condolences to the Scully family. Please rest assured Ed has simply faded away as true old soldiers do. His spirit and contributions will always be with us. We are saddened for his loss but proud and thankful for his life,

    You are gone but not forgotten my Friend.

  • I just saw the news on Ed’s passing and am saddened for your loss. I came to know Ed during his time at Summit and his unequalled support to our aviation mission. Ed was not only technically profecient but he provided me with personal and professional mentorship ensuring we were always at the forefront of his work and that we were successful no matter how difficult the task. I always enjoyed my time with Ed and his team and considered Ed a true friend that I could rely upon.

    My sincerest condolences to Ed’s family, I know you are sad with his passing, but know that Ed was always the go to guy to those of us that served as I am sure he was with his family and community.

  • My condolences to the Scully family. I worked with Ed for a number of years. I learned a lot about the Maintenance business from his tutelage. Summit had always been a great supplier to visit and work with. Ed became a friend as well as a colleague. We worked some difficult challenges together and I feel that Ed was the difference in securing the F Model Induction effort at Summit. I will miss him greatly.


  • Pat & family, how deeply sorry I am, Ed was one heck of a hero, I’ll never forget him… we just enjoyed your company so much! He was such a positive influence for so many.

  • My sincere condolences to Pat and all of Ed’s loved ones. Ed was the real deal, a man of integrity and a complete gentleman – the old school kind that you won’t come by again. At work I would introduce him to guests as a real American Hero, because that is what he is. Not only did he make it known that he loved his country but to anyone who knew him he made you aware how much he loved his family. Ed, I am honored that I had the privilege to work with you and to call you my friend.

    “So take your place of honor among those who have gone before and know you will be remembered for now and evermore”

  • Pat, Corynn, & family, we mourn with you…Scully truly had our hearts. He was such a great American hero, husband, father, and friend. To him country and family was everything. He loved you all so much. His legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren, and the many lives he touched. Please know we are hugging you from Huntsville. Much love and continued prayer, Hank & Teresa

  • Ed Scully appointed me to one of the most satisfying jobs I’ve ever had: sixteen years at Summit Aviation. Mentors like Mr. Scully are hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.

  • Pat and family, Our deepest sympathy is with you during this difficult time. Ed was a true hero and we admired him greatly. He was a great man and wonderful neighbor, both in Wilmington and Fenwick. May your fond memories and God’s promise bring you comfort and peace.

  • Was sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. He was one of the good guys. As a young draftee in his basic training company at Ft Lewis, I had the opportunity to get to know him. I was a holdover in his company for a time so had quite a bit of interaction with him. He was so helpful. He was an absolutely decent human being. RIP Ed…and blessings to your family.