Edward Brady Gotwald
Edward Brady Gotwald
  • August 17, 1920 - May 16, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Edward Brady Gotwald, of Williamsburg, died May 16, 2017. Born in 1920 in the western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, Ed was raised by his father and stepmother, Edward and Sarah Gotwald, and by his maternal grandparents, Brady and Ellen Elder. From them, he learned early the character-building traits of grit and determination.
Ed served with the Marines in Hawaii during WWII (1941-45) and exemplified the Corps' Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) motto throughout his personal and professional lives with a fierce loyalty to his family, friends, and business associates. Along with the late Mary Mitchell Gotwald, his wife of almost 74 years, Ed raised, and is survived by, three daughters, Nancy Gotwald Harris, Jo Gotwald Hunter, and Beverly Gotwald Serwitz (Paul Serwitz), their children and grandchildren. He was proud of "his girls". Always a good listener and problem analyst, he instilled in them the confidence and can-do attitude to overcome obstacles and achieve goals. He was a man who emphasized self-respect and modeled a life-long commitment to personal responsibility. He was also a sixty year member of the Masonic Order.
Always up for an adventure, Ed and Mary traveled extensively and Ed never ceased to enjoy "getting out and looking around" even if it was only a drive on the Parkway or a trip to Home Depot with a daughter. Ed was always impeccably dressed for the occasion. He loved watching golf, football and boxing, collecting watches, listening to a new CD, going to the movies, reading a good thriller, cars (especially vintage), dogs and peanuts.
A private man who did not suffer fools well, Ed nevertheless enjoyed a good story, anecdote or joke and had an infectious, gleeful laugh. His family will greatly miss his reminiscences as well as his steadfast love.
Ed supported St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Heritage Humane Society. Should you wish, the family would be honored by a donation in his name to either, or the charity of your choice.
Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185
St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org)
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.