Former Southold resident Edward J. Bage, age 84, of Potsdam, died Oct. 7 at Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, N.Y., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Edward was born Sept. 1, 1930 in Hempstead, the son of Frank Bagenski and Katherine Laska. As a young boy,
Edward learned the plastering trade and worked construction with his father and brothers. He graduated from Hempstead High School and, later attended Union College where he was a member of the college football team. He entered the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War in 1951, and was honorably discharged in 1953.
Edward earned degrees in construction engineering from Farmingdale Agriculture and Technical Institute, and mechanical and civil engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He was an all-star member of the Farmingdale institute football team.
Edward married Sandra Marshut at St. Aidan’s Church in Williston Park on August 29, 1954. They were married for 60 years.
He worked commercial construction, and then built military aircraft at Sperry Rand Corporation on Long Island. He acquired a New York State professional engineer license and became proprietor of a custom-design construction business. He also served as Southold Town Engineer.
Edward later was an engineer for ARAMCO in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia where he lived with his wife for four years. He returned to the U.S., and worked as an engineer, including projects for SUNY/Stony Brook, and the United States Department of Agriculture Plum Island Animal Disease Center. After retirement, he served as code enforcement officer for the Village of Greenport.
Edward was a member of the Jaycee’s and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Southold Yacht Club, and president of the Southold Rotary Club. He was president of the Southold Republican Club, and became a Democrat, standing vigil with Veterans for Peace.
He will be remembered for his construction talent, and sense of humor. He was an avid reader and historian of U.S. and European political history. He was politically engaged, and possessed a strong civic commitment.
Edward is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Lynda and Karen Bage; a granddaughter, Coral Pondysh; and sisters Frances and Felicia. He was predeceased by brothers, Joe, Frank, and Adam; a sister, Elizabeth; and two nephews.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam, and Edward was buried with military honors at Bayside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences can be sent to garnerfh.com.
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