Edward J. Madonna, formerly of Kennett Square

Edward J. Madonna, 78, of Philadelphia, and formerly of Kennett Square, died Friday, Jan. 22.

Edward J. Madonna

Eddie is survived by his life partner of 16 years, Robert J. Shannahan; his sister, Marlene (Madonna) McDonough; his Uncle Claude Madonna; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Ella C. and Daniel P. Madonna, and his brother, Daniel P. Madonna, III.

Eddie was born Nov. 16, 1942. He attended Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf in Philadelphia and then Kennett High School in Kennett Square. Eddie also received his certification as an IBM Machine Operator at Dorothy E. Kane School. He received numerous certifications related to computer operations throughout his career.

Eddie worked for several large companies such as DuPont, The US Postal Service, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, and the IRS.  His jobs took him from Pennsylvania to New York to California and back to Pennsylvania again. In addition, he was recognized frequently for his volunteer efforts at many local Deaf organizations.

Eddie was a colorful character. He loved his animals including fish, birds, and dogs. He loved Jerry Lewis movies, which may explain his prankster ways.  He always strived to improve himself and be independent.   He overcame many obstacles with a smile on his face.  He especially loved his dogs and raising and breeding them with his life partner.

A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 450 North Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

In lieu of flowers, donations in Eddie’s name may be made to Deaf-Hearing Communication Center www.DHCC.org/donate or Action Wellness actionwellness.org/donate  Arrangements are by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory (484-734-8100) condolences at www.griecofunerals.com

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