Edward Weir Fay, 81, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona and State College, died Wednesday at the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg.
He was born in West Providence, son of the late Archibald W. and Mabel (Ray) Fay. He married Lauretta Taylor on June 27, 1957, at First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg.
Surviving are his wife, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; two sisters-in-law: Ethel Boland and Marjorie Taylor, both of Ephrata; two nephews: David E. Boland of Lancaster and Lynn Taylor of Bellefonte; and two nieces: Chris Hackenberg of Richmond, Va., and Susan Zimmerman of Bellefonte.
Edward was a 1949 graduate of Altoona High School and attended Penn State University, Marshall College and Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, where he received the Navy Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and the Purple Heart.
He worked for 31 years for Bell Telephone Co., where he retired as a regional executive. After retirement from Bell, he became vice president of CP Business Brokers Inc. and later president of Fay Enterprises, a land right brokerage firm serving the United States and Canada.
Edward was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Altoona, and also belonged to the Penn State Alumni Association, Mount Nittany Society, Penn State Altoona's Ivyside Society, Telephone Pioneers of America, Fraternal Order of Police, Sons of the American Revolution and Hiram Lodge 616, F&AM.
His hobbies included reproducing and collecting Revolutionary and Civil War rifles, especially his family heritage rifles made in Bedford and Altoona during the Civil War era. He enjoyed spending time with his pets and family. He volunteered his time teaching art for the State Correctional Institution and also volunteered for the United Way, Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America. He prepared and read books to the blind. He had a strong desire to help others toward self-improvement, happiness and knowledge.
A memorial service will be announced at a later time. Arrangements are by Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society or Penn State University.