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Edward W. Maher

April 5, 1937 January 3, 2020
Edward W. Maher
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Obituary for Edward W. Maher

Edward William Maher died peacefully and surrounded by his family on January 3, 2020. The son to James Maher and Angeline O’Malley, Edward was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 5, 1937. Edward served in the United States Army from 1957-1959 and later worked as a Lithographer at General Motors for 35 years before retiring and running his own small t-shirt printing business. He resided in Rochester Hills, Michigan until his death.

Edward, known as Pop-Pop to his grandchildren, grew up a faithful Catholic and as he aged attended Mass Daily. Faith was a huge part of both Edward’s identity and that of his wife Sheila Fitzpatrick, shaping both their household and family. He was also faithful to baseball, the game he loved and played growing-up with his brothers. Edward was talented enough to be scouted for a try out for the Detroit Tigers, and although he didn’t make the team, he later toured through Germany during his military service playing baseball to entertain the troops.

Edward was also known for his Irishman’s smile and a booming laugh. In fact, he laughed all the time, had a great sense of humor and lived for “Dad” jokes, which he always had at the ready. He was great at ribbing his kids as well, and loved it when they ribbed him right back. He was also a very good and humorous story teller.

But, Edward could also be hugely sentimental and he adored his grandchildren. He saw Hugh and Margaret as much as he could, spending weekends laughing and playing with them at the family’s north cottage while perched on a bench with a smile on his face. Tears rolled down his cheeks every time he had to say goodbye though, and so is it any surprise that as an older man, he loved the Hallmark channel? For the record, his favorite movie was The Christmas Cottage.

Let the permanent record show that Edward also had a thick, white head of hair, but that you never, ever got to see it, because he always wore a baseball hat. Except in Mass. So it is also no surprise to anyone who knew him, that Edward will be laid to rest in a baseball hat.

Edward was one of seven children, brother to Jim, Pat, Tim, Mary, Jerry and Ceil, and is lovingly survived by his wife, Sheila Fitzpatrick, son, Daniel Maher, daughters, Mary and Brenda Maher, son-in-law, Matthew Bandsuch and grandchildren, Hugh and Margaret Bandsuch.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Roads) Monday, January 13th, 5-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood Drive, Rochester, Tuesday, January 14th at 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am.

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