Edward Gerard DeMarco

March 1, 1939 - March 3, 2021
Edward Gerard DeMarco


Edward Gerard DeMarco passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 3, 2021. He was 82. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth Ellen DeMatteo; his son, David DeMarco of Saratoga Springs, NY; his daughter, Debra DeMarco of Brooklyn, NY; his step-sons, Brian Dugan of Norfolk, VA and Andrew Dugan of Denver, CO; and six grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis DeMarco of Englewood, NJ.

Mr. DeMarco was born on March 1, 1939 to the late Edward DeMarco and the late Ethel Burfeind DeMarco Larson. He had one sister, Lorraine DeMarco, who pre-deceased him.

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

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

Ed became involved in several voluntary opportunities in Wilmington, NC, which included but not limited to Master Gardner 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, senior project judge at Ashley High School for graduating seniors for many years.

While living in NJ and working, Ed became involved in the local regional high school board of education (Morris Hills Regional HS in Rockaway, NJ). He went on to become president of the local board of education, president of the county board of education (Morris County), and vice president for legislation for the NJ 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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  • August 08, 2022
    Patricia Mathis says:
    I'm saddened to hear of Ed's passing. Ed was my manager for 5 years at GE Computer Service, he was a great manager and more importantly a wonderful person. Thanks Ed!

  • March 05, 2021
    Denise M BOwman says:
    Eddie we always Enjoy seeing you & Betsy. Loved the stories you would tell. Awesome cook!! You will be missed by many. I'm so lucky to have you in my life! Love & Miss You.

  • March 05, 2021
    Jackie Teague Anderson says:
    Ed was an incredible person. I admire him so much. New Years Eves were fun! It's hard to believe he passed away. He was so strong and full of life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • March 06, 2021
    Ron DeMarco says:
    Ed, we will miss you. I enjoyed our notes through emails and Christmas cards. Talking about many memories of our family so stretched out across the country, You reminded me of your dad, my uncle Eddie, in so many ways. Good ways. My faith teaches about new life, resurrected life after this one here is over. And I believe that absolutely. So now I look forward to that time when we are all together again with the Lord, forever, Peace and Blessings. Cousin Ron.

  • March 07, 2021
    Rich & Linda Cooper says:
    It was our pleasure to know Ed for many years through our involvement with OLLI at UNCW. We found him to be a wonderful person with deep integrity and a commitment to the service of others. When something needed doing, Ed would volunteer and do an outstanding job. He cared about people and enjoyed numerous activities. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Betsy and all of Ed's family at this time.