Jacob Edge II, 67, of Thorndale died of pulmonary fibrosis Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, in Brandywine Hospital.Besides being a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, Jacob was a man of many talents and interests.
Along with his brother, Robert, he worked for Edge Wallboard Machinery Co., the company started by their father. Before that, he served for 13 active-duty years in the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of captain during his many years serving in the USN Reserves.
Born in West Chester, Jacob was the son of the late Jacob V. and Ann Whyte Edge. He graduated from the United States Navel Academy in 1963 and went on to serve on many different ships, mostly in the Pacific. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
He left active service in 1976 and joined Edge Wallboard as executive vice president.
In 1994 Jacob helped found the Thorndale Rotary Club and served as its first president. He was very active in community affairs as a member of the board of directors of the Downingtown Public Library and in serving on the Civil Service Commission and Youth Aid Panel for Caln Township.
Fond of peanut butter, especially in strange combinations, he was known to his grandchildren as "Pa," as was his grandfather before him.
Jacob was a birder, he and his wife, Drinda, made trips to Arizona and Texas in the last several years to look for birds. He was also a beekeeper and lover of honey, as well as a member of the Chester County Beekeepers Association.
Preceded in death by his parents and brother Thomas, Jacob is survived by Drinda, his wife of 30 years; sisters, Caroline Beideman, Downy Koch, and Sara (Betsy) Edge; brother, Robert Edge; and children, Sarah Rossi, Bryan Beaver, Clif Beaver, Beth Schrag and Jake Edge. Jacob is further survived by his grandchildren, Zeke, Zaharah, Amanda, Jessica, Chloe, Payton, Eliza and Annalie.
A Meeting of Thanksgiving was held Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Caln Friends Meeting.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be made to the Rotary Foundation, c/o Dottie McGill, Thorndale Rotary Club, 605 Norma Drive, Thorndale, Pa. 19372; the Downingtown Public Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, Pa. 19335; or The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203. Arrangements are by Wentz Funeral Home, Coatesville.