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Edward Francis Cleary

November 16, 1939 — April 1, 2024


Edward Francis Cleary, a man whose life was intertwined with the skies and the marvel of aviation, passed away on April 1, 2024, in Cornelius, NC. Born in Queens, NY, on November 16th, 1939, Edward's journey through life was marked by his deep love for flying and airplanes, a passion that guided his career path and personal joys.

 Edward dedicated over 35 years to United Airlines, where his expertise and leadership in management left an indelible mark. Following his retirement in 1995, he continued to share his wealth of knowledge at Lockheed Air Services at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It was here that he not only worked but also imparted his wisdom to those around him.

His connection to the skies did not end with his professional endeavors; it was a central part of who he was. As a former aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy stationed at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Edward's skills soared alongside the planes he so adored.

Beyond his illustrious career, Edward was a devoted husband and father. His family meant the world to him, and that love radiated through each moment spent together. He leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication that will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

In mourning his loss and celebrating his life, Edward is survived by his beloved wife Gail Cleary; sons Christopher James Cleary and Craig David Cleary & his wife Maria Mary Cleary; granddaughter Cayce Elizabeth Cleary; as well as sister-in-law Patricia Wyka; nieces Jamie Testa, Tricia Burton, and Kathleen Salerno; nephews Garrett Testa and Kevin Cleary.

Edward now joins his father John Cleary, mother Olive Maxfield Cleary, brother Gerard Cleary, and all those who have gone before him in the eternal blue skies.

May his spirit continue to soar high like the planes he so dearly admired. Edward Francis Cleary will be deeply missed but fondly remembered for his remarkable life devoted to both family and flight.

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