Edward Gately Cushman, known affectionately to friends and family as Ed, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2023, in Baltimore, MD. Born on December 4, 1942, in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Ed is survived by his devoted wife, Darlene; his proud daughters, Joan Cushman and Lora Cushman Guidi; his cherished son-in-law, Roger Guidi; his adored granddaughters, Amanda and Ava Guidi; and his loving sister, Rossalie Ripley and many other family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Elmer and Gertrude Cushman, and his brothers, Leonard, Richard, and Steve Cushman.
A proud graduate of Stonington High School in the class of 1960, Ed continued his education at Southern Illinois University, where he earned an engineering degree. He then went on to serve his country with distinction in the U.S. Navy for 22 years as a submariner Senior Chief Radioman. Ed's dedication to his country and his fellow service members was a testament to his strong character and sense of duty.
Following his retirement from the Navy, Ed and his family relocated from Connecticut to Ellicott City, MD, where he began working for Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in their submarine communications division. Ed's expertise and commitment to his work were evident in his successful career, and he was well-respected by his colleagues and peers.
Outside of his professional life, Ed had a passion for music and enjoyed many years singing in a Barbershop Quartet. His performances throughout the Northeast brought joy to countless audience members, and his love for music was truly infectious. Ed also had a penchant for golf and was an active member of the APL Golf League during his career with APL.
Upon retiring from APL, Ed and Darlene moved to Delaware to be near the beach, where they created many cherished memories with family and friends. Ed's love for his family was evident in the way he embraced his role as a grandfather. The birth of his first granddaughter, Amanda, and the arrival of his second granddaughter, Ava, 11 months later, brought him immense happiness and love. He treasured every moment with his granddaughters, and they will always remember their beloved "Ampah" with love and admiration.
Throughout his life, Ed was known for his loving, kind, and funny nature. He had a unique ability to bring joy and laughter to those around him, and his presence always made gatherings more enjoyable. Ed's legacy will live on through the many lives he touched and the wonderful memories he created with those who were fortunate enough to know him.
As we remember and celebrate the life of Edward Gately Cushman, let us be grateful for the time we shared with him and the love he brought to our lives. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him, and may his spirit continue to inspire us to live our lives with kindness, laughter, and love.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Family Resiliency Center, www.nfrchelp.org, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 115 Columbia, MD 21044.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at a later date.
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