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Edward W. Tennis


Edward W. Tennis, affectionately known as the “Candy Man”, 95, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Hershey Medical Center.

Born May 13, 1924, in Derry Township, he was the son of the late Joseph and Cora (Heisey) Tennis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Margaret (Gorse) Tennis, his son Edward W. Tennis Jr., and 10 siblings.

He is survived by his children Patricia A. Ethridge and husband David of Elizabethtown, Gary J. Tennis and wife Joy of Harrisburg, and David J. Tennis and wife Nancy of Middletown; daughter-in-law Karen Tennis; grandchildren Amy, Scott, David, Angela, Brandon, Ashley, and Alicia; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Harvey Tennis of Royalton; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was an active duty veteran of World War II who served in the United States Army as a Private First Class with the 733 Railroad Operation as well as in the Special Services as an exhibition boxer throughout Europe. He had the unique opportunity of training with one of France’s greatest boxers, Marcel Cerdan, who later became the middleweight champion of the world. Ed worked as a brick mason at Bethlehem Steel as well as doing masonry work throughout the Middletown area. He enjoyed all sporting events, karaoke, and traveling with his wife, Marge, throughout the United States.

Ed was a faithful member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church where he served as an usher and was a member of the Golden Group. He was also a member of the Golden Hearts Club, Life Member of American Legion Post 594, Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1620, the Moose Lodge, the 5th Ward Club, and the St. Lawrence Club. In his earlier years, Ed was a coach for the youth at the MCSO.

Some of his proudest accomplishments were receiving his High School Diploma from the Middletown Area High School through Operation Recovery, being selected as the Grand Marshall for the 2012 Memorial Day Parade in Middletown, and receiving the Raider Club Award reflecting his love of sports and the community.

Lovingly referred to as “Pop Pop”, he was a family man who supported the children’s and grandchildren’s athletic games as well as all activities and life events throughout the years.

A viewing will be held at Matinchek Funeral Home, 260 E. Main St., Middletown, Pa. on Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, Pa., with Fr. Ted J. Keating as celebrant. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery with full military honors.

The family extends a warm thank you to all of the staff at Country Meadows and The Middletown Home for their care and love.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057 or to The Middletown Home (Activities Department), 999 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.