J. Edward (Ed) Penick, Jr. of West Chester, Pennsylvania (formerly of Princeton, New Jersey) passed away May 11 at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Ed was born April 11, 1949, in Woodbury, New Jersey. During his childhood his family lived in New Jersey (twice), Rhode Island, Kansas (twice) and California. Ed graduated from UCLA in 1971 majoring in Economics and Music. He earned his MBA from the Cornell Graduate School of Business and his Juris Doctorate from the Cornell Law School in 1975.
Following law school, Ed was an Associate and Partner at the Los Angeles Law Firm of Lawler, Felix and Hall before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ed held various positions including Counsel to Unitek Corporation (Monrovia, California), Senior Counsel to Genetic Systems and Oncogene (Seattle, Washington) Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), and Senior Counsel to ConvaTec (Skillman, New Jersey).
Ed served as an elder at Harlingen Reformed Church (Belle Mead, New Jersey) and at Calvary Lutheran Church (West Chester, Pennsylvania). He and Marsha attended Christ Church (formerly The Journey Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania) and Ed attended Community Bible Study for several years.
Ed is survived by his wife, Marsha; two daughters, Katherine Taylor (Pete) of Glen Allen, Virginia and Emily Penick of New York; three grandchildren, Ellianna Taylor, Verity Taylor and Joshua Taylor. Ed is also survived by his brother, David Penick (Mary) of New York and Princeton, New Jersey and Sisters- in- Law, Trisha Merchant of North Canton, Ohio and Lisa Snider (Bill) of Denver, Colorado. He was predeceased by his parents, Joe E. Penick and Norma Gene Penick.
Ed is remembered as a loving husband of 36 years, a devoted father and an adoring grandfather and is dearly missed. He took great delight in his family and especially enjoyed traveling across the country to wherever his daughter Emily had shows in production. In recent years, he found great joy in his young grandchildren.
Services for Ed will be held at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitation will be at 10:30am with services at 11:00am.
Interment will follow at Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery.
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