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Obituary of Edward Sibley
Edward was a strong-willed and kind man who always kept himself moving. He was born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania in 1919 and met his wife, Marion, at the local swimming hole in Moosic, when he was just a teenager. His father died when Edward was just 16, so he learned how to run a local farm for which his only pay was food for the family. Shortly after that, he joined the Civil Conservation Corps and went out West to plant trees in Arizona. After that ended, he traveled around the country with two friends on the way back to Pennsylvania. Ever since that, he had a love of traveling and seeing the country. He had quite the chance to see all that a traveling life had to offer. After returning home, many of the people from the Scranton area, including Marion, his mother, and his brother Tom, went up to Buffalo, as jobs were plentiful there. He was in Buffalo when he was drafted in 1943 and served in the Army Air Corps. He married Marion before going overseas where he served mainly in France and loaded bombs into the airplanes. He loved to volunteer for side duties which allowed him a chance to have many varied experiences. During this time, Edward grew close to a French family who showed him around Paris and invited him back often. He, in turn, helped their daughter to learn English. On one of his last missions, he volunteered to go to an abandoned German officers’ quarters, where he and several other soldiers were to check it out and report back. While they were there, a lone German soldier came around whereby one of our men prepared to shoot the man. It was then that Edward pushed the barrel of the rifle down and told him not to shoot. The war was almost over and surely the German had defected and was just looking for a way to get back home. Edward then returned home on the first ship back after the war. When he returned, he got a job with Kraft foods where he worked until he retired. Edward and Marion moved to Hamburg in 1953 where they raised three children: Linda, Jan, and Bob. Edward was able to live there for the rest of his life. Once the children had grown and moved out, Ed and Marion bought a camper and started travelling across the country. They repeatedly traveled across country often returning to Arizona until he was able to find the region where he had planted trees in the CCC camp. His appreciation for the landscape and nature blossomed there and traveling and going out west would be a favorite and common pastime. Back in PA, he also spent a lot of time at his brother Dick’s pond, where he could bring his dog and they could visit with the Pennsylvanian part of the family. Edward also enjoyed his daily hikes which began as doctor’s orders. When Ed was 64, he had bypass surgery and was told to go for a walk every day, which he did. But his idea of a walk was out in the woods or to the bottom of the Niagara gorge, never around the block. He loved nature. Ed and Marion shared a long life together full of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They loved to spend time with their grandchildren with Edward who was fondly known as “Papa” and Marion was “Nana”. Shortly after Nana died in 2011, Papa broke his hip, so Bob moved in with him. That allowed Papa to stay at home. Ever since, he and Bob spent every Saturday night at Jan’s for a home cooked meal with Jan and the grandchildren. Edward will be remembered for his love for his family, country, and the great outdoors. If he had these things, he was always happy. Sibley, Edward March 22, 2020 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband of the late Marion Sibley; devoted father of Robert Sibley, Janet Evert, and Linda Rhinehart; cherished grandfather of 5 grandchildren; loving great-grandfather of 8 great-grandchildren. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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