Just 3 months shy of his 96th birthday, our fearless leader is now with the Lord. From his youth at the often flooded lower ward of McKeesport, to his pretty little home in Churchill that he so appreciated, he lived an exemplary life. Early on, he Americanized his Hungarian immigrant parents, Miklos and Rosa. Next, he was off to the U.S. Navy for 4 years. The University of Pittsburgh followed, where his degree landed him his dream job at Westinghouse for 35 years. Upon retirement, he assisted his son, Dr. Michael Szoko OD, in establishing the Churchill Vision Center, which continues to serve the public after 36 years. Ed golfed until the ripe age of 92, at Butlers Golf Course in Elizabeth, where he was a legend due to his longevity.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, of 63 years, his daughter, Lisa McCastlain (Steve), his son Dr. Michael Szoko, grandchildren Alyssa and Michael Friday, III and Michael Szoko, II (and his mother Mary). He thoroughly enjoyed the people that he would meet, whether shopping at Kuhns or walking at the mall. He carried a deep passion for politics and did not suffer fools. He lived a life of honesty, integrity, and always feared his God. We appreciate all he did and said to make our lives a better place. Go in peace champ! You were one hell of a man! There will never be another like you and we will miss you forever. Love to you always, your family.
Arrangements by Wolfe Memorial, LLC. Private burial in William Penn Cemetery. Thank you to all well-wishers. Donations may be made to your local youth golf organizations. Leave memories and condolences at www.wolfepgh.com.