Edward Gerard ‘Ed’ DeMarco, 82, active with New Hanover County Arboretum

Edward Gerard ‘Ed’ DeMarco

WILMINGTON — Edward Gerard “Ed” DeMarco, 82, peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at home surrounded by family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth Ellen DeMatteo; son, David DeMarco of Saratoga Springs, New York; daughter, Debra DeMarco of Brooklyn, New York; stepsons, Brian Dugan of Norfolk, Virginia, and Andrew Dugan of Denver, Colorado; six grandchildren and one great-grandson; and brother, Dennis DeMarco of Englewood, New Jersey.

Mr. DeMarco was born March 1, 1939, to the late Edward DeMarco and the late Ethel Burfeind DeMarco Larson. He had one sister, Lorraine DeMarco, who preceded him in death.

Ed grew up in Queens, New York, and Lancaster, California, graduating from Jamaica High School, State University of Agricultural and Technical Institute and the Empire State College of New York.

He worked for Ford Instrument Company as a test engineer and worked on naval ships overseeing fire ­control computer systems. He was hired by General Electric as an electrical engineer and designed test equipment used on Minute-man III re-entry vehicles. He moved his family to several states before landing in Schenectady, New York, where he met his second wife, Elizabeth. After marrying, they moved to New Jersey, where, after retiring from GE, he worked for other companies as a manager of technical services. Together, they retired and lived in both New Hampshire and North Carolina, eventually settling in North Carolina.

Ed became involved in several voluntary opportunities in Wilmington, which included, but not limited to, master gardener at the Arboretum, president of Friends of the Arboretum Foundation, and headed up several programs through UNCW’s OLLI system, recruiting speakers from in and outside the university. He also served as a judge for the Regional Science Fair for several years and as senior project judge at Ashley High School for graduating seniors for many years.

While living in New Jersey and working, Ed became involved in the local regional high school board of education, Morris Hills Regional High School, Rockaway, New Jersey. He went on to become president of the local board of education, president of the county board of education in Morris County and vice president for legislation for the New Jersey School Board Association.

He and his wife loved to travel and visit with family. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401-7335; or call 800-733-1476.

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