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Edward Byrns Dover, Sr.
February 9, 2024
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Edward Byrns Dover, Sr., affectionately known as "Poppie," passed away peacefully on February 9th at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Elkton, Maryland. He was 86 years old and was born in Chester, PA.
Edward dedicated 28 years of his life to General Motors, where he worked until his retirement. Before that, he served as a Seaman for the Merchant Marines and worked for The Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware. He had a deep love for his country and the sea, and these passions shaped his life.
Edward is survived by his loving children, Cheryl Lee Dryer, Walter "Dave" Dryer, Brenda Dover, and Janet Dover. He is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara Barnett and Jeannette Faber. Edward took immense pride in his five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, cherishing the joy they brought him. He was known as "Poppie" by his army of grandchildren, their spouses, and great-grandchildren, who adored him and will forever carry his memory in their hearts.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Dover, who he looked forward to treating to a lobster dinner again when they reunite. Edward now joins her in eternal peace, reunited in the embrace of their everlasting love. He was also preceded in death by his sons, Edward "Teddy” Dover Jr., and Charles "Chuck" Dover. Edward's reunion with his wife and both sons brings comfort to those who loved them, as they find peace again together.
Edward had a passion for fishing and boating, finding solace and joy in sharing his love of the sea with his family. He also had a deep love for dogs and spent countless hours enjoying their company. It brought him immeasurable happiness to spend time with his large extended family and close friends.
Known for his strong convictions and determination, Edward approached life with an unwavering spirit. His dedication and spirited approach to life were surpassed only by the size of his heart, which overflowed with love and compassion for his family and friends.
A viewing will be held at the Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703 on Friday, February 16, 2024, from 11:00am until 12:00pm, where a funeral service will begin at 12:00pm. Burial will follow in Lawn Croft Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to an animal shelter or a charity benefiting children. This gesture reflects Edward's commitment to supporting causes close to his heart.
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