Edward J. Shockley Sr., Lewes Patriarch


Edward J. Shockley Sr., 93, of Lewes died early in the morning of Thursday, October 14, 2021, from complications from COVID.

A true Lewes resident, Edward was born in Lewes in 1928 in a house on Front Street, where The Inn at Canal Square is today. Son of Vinal and Bessie Shockley, Edward grew up on Lewes Beach in a house that was a converted Queen Anne Railroad passenger car. His grandfather, Will Craig, who worked as a carpenter for the railroad, built them a house around the passenger car.

Edward met and married Carolyn Ford, daughter of MSG Robert E. and Kathleen Ford, in 1947 just after World War II, while Carolyn’s father was stationed at Fort Miles. Together, they raised their three sons, Eddie, Michael and Mark, as well as a nephew, Buck Ford. Edward has always been a calm but powerful presence and influence on the many Lewes boys who hung out around the Shockley House on McFee Street.

Edward was a master plumber, starting his career with Hoenen Plumbing in Lewes. He retired in 2000 from Joseph T. Richardson Mechanical Contractors, having overseen the construction of many large projects on DelMarVa including Beebe Hospital, Cape Henlopen High School on Savannah Road, Shields Elementary School, the Cape May-Lewes ferry terminal, Roosevelt Inlet US Coast Guard Station (where his son Mark was stationed at the time), original Lewes Library, University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, Sussex County Courthouse, Del Tech College in Georgetown, the Education and Humanities Building at Delaware State College in Dover, and many buildings at Dover Air Force Base, to name a few.

Edward was a man of unwavering faith. He served as a trustee of the Groome Church in Lewes, where he and a handful of faithful in the trades donated their time and skills to construct the classroom addition to the Church building in originated in the late 1950s.

Edward’s hobbies were always active and constructive. He learned to cycle and ski slalom just by thinking about it. Edward built and piloted a seaplane and, along with his friends, was the first in Lewes to build lobster traps and try lobster fishing in the bay. He built and raced go-karts, always had a buggy or jeep to ride on the sand, and was the first in Lewes to install a swimming pool in his backyard. Edward liked stereo hi-fi equipment and built a reel tape recorder. It was amazing to see him dive into computers in the late ’70s, even putting on a new modem when lightning blew it up.

Music held a special place for Edward. As a teenager, he dreamed of being a drummer in a Big Band. Edward passed on his musical passion and drumming skills to his sons Eddie and Michael, and he loved to see them perform at any occasion, sitting down whenever he could to play one of his favorites, Kansas City.

After the death of Edward’s wife, Carolyn, in 2000, and the passing of his last surviving friend, Ranie Hudson, it looked like Edward was going to give up. It was then that an angel named Doris Glass entered her life.

Edward married Doris in 2004. Together they loved to dance, travel and eat at their favorite restaurants, especially the Crab and Claw in St. Michaels. During their 17 years together, Edward and Doris took annual cruises. One of the highlights of their annual cruises has been the opportunity to take the whole family on a Caribbean cruise. They also enjoyed continuing the tradition of hosting the annual Lewes Doo-Dah Parade Founding Families gathering on July 4 and launching the parade from their backyards. Most importantly, Edward and Doris together played an important role in helping to raise their grandsons Buck Shockley and Donovan Shockley, and their granddaughter Savannah Shockley. Doris’ devotion to Edward was a blessing her whole family is grateful for.

Edward loved Lewes and all the east coast had to offer, especially fishing, hunting and crabbing. A great cook, Edward was known for his clam chowder, Rockefeller oysters and chicken fried steak. Edward had a close-knit family, of which he was always supportive and very proud, and he enjoyed family gatherings very much, especially crab feasts. Edward Shockley was a good man and he will be sorely missed.

In addition to his parents, Edward was predeceased by his first wife Carolyn Shockley; her sister-in-law, Sherrie Ford; his brother-in-law, Buck Ford; his granddaughter, Erin Shockley; and his nephew, Robbie Ford. Left behind to cherish the memory of Edward are his loving wife, Doris; her sons: Ed (Jill) and Michael (Susan), of Lewes, and Mark (Catherine) of Hampton, Virginia; her brother, Richard Shockley of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; her sister-in-law, Kathy Ford of Lewes; his grandchildren: Mark Shockley Jr. (Morgan), Kristy Clark (Clifton), Jessica Shockley, Buck Shockley, Savannah Shockley and Donovan Shockley; his great-grandchildren: Ashley, Tyler, Alivia, Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Michael, Dakota and Jimmy; his nephews: Rick Shockley, Gary Shockley and Adam Ford; his nieces: Carol Jo Saussaman and Allison Green; his grand-nephews: Jarrett Ford and Reed Ford; members of her extended family: John, Darlene and John Robert Zacharias, Melanie and Phil Sekora and Mandy Aviles; and his many other great-nieces and grand-nephews. Edward is also survived by Doris’ sons: Michael Ingerson of Carrizo Springs, Texas, and Shawn Ingerson (Donna) of Joppa, Maryland; grandchildren: Kevin Ingerson (Erin), Gregory Ingerson and Elizabeth Ingerson; sister, Betty Campbell of East Thetford, Vermont; niece, Sandee Robinson of Thetford; great-niece, Shelby Robinson, also of Vermont; and great-grandchildren: Morgan, Dredon and Alonna.

The family would like to thank everyone who has helped care for Edward over the past few years, especially Debbie Sheng and the nurses at Beebe Healthcare. Your kindness and compassion for our husband, father, brother, Pop-Pop, uncle and friend will be remembered forever.

Services will be held Friday, October 29 at 11 a.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends can visit from 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery on Savannah Road, Lewes. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed by everyone attending or participating in any aspect of the services. All are welcome to join the live streaming service via webcasts.lifetributes.com/1170292.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests commemorative contributions to the Cape Community Fund, PO Box 110, Lewes, DE 19958, or the True Blue Jazz Scholarship Fund, 31408 Heron Circle, Lewes, DE 19958.

Please visit Edward’s Life Memorial webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


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