Edward John McGloin
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Edward John McGloin
  • July 10, 1926 - April 15, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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On Holy Saturday, the McGloin family said goodbye to their patriarch who died in Raleigh, N.C. following a prolonged illness.

A native of Kinlough, County Leitrim, Ireland, Eddie, 90, was the second of Patrick and Kay McGloin's five children. Like his late wife, Margaret "Peggy" Kelly, Eddie crossed the Atlantic in 1956 docking in New York City.

Eddie and Peggy were married in New York City in September 1963 and they raised four children on Long Island - Eugene (Asako), Ted (Terri), Regina (Billy McCrorie) and Marie. Eddie was grandfather to Emily, Danny and Grace McCrorie; Jackson and Seamus Draper, and Conor McGloin. Peggy died in Raleigh on April 20, 2015 following complications from a stroke.

The day he died his children and grandchildren shared memories of Eddie, who loved math, history, Gaelic (the Irish tongue) and U.S. Presidential trivia. Granddaughter Emily recalled the day Eddie began reciting a poem in Gaelic to his grandchildren -- who did not understand a word. Each time Eddie paused, the children said, "Thank you Grandpa" for the poem, but Eddie was just pausing during his 15-minute narration!

"He memorized everything," daughter Regina said. "He would recite constantly. My father knew hundreds and hundreds of sayings." Said son Eugene: "He tried to teach us Gaelic, but we never picked it up."

Eddie taught both of his sons the Irish sports of hurling, Irish football and soccer. Once in the States, Eddie became a baseball fan, cheering on the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets.

Daughter Marie said her dad was very social. "He loved talking to people. He loved meeting people," Marie said. "Random strangers," Eugene added.

Eddie adored his grandchildren, often driving them to and from Cardinal Gibbons High School (despite the fact that he was a "terrible driver"). His granddaughter, Grace, would "sleep in his arms for hours as a baby," Regina said.

Recruited in Ireland by Madigan & Miller, Inc. (importers of English china, glass and fine pottery) Eddie took a job in New York. The Millers were frequent visitors to Ireland for business, particularly to the Central Hotel in Bundoran where Eddie was employed. Although they offered Eddie a job several times, he did not leave Ireland until after his mother died in 1955. Eddie made a lifelong career in sales of fine Irish and English crystal and china, working until age 88.

In 1963, Eddie took a job with Justin Tharaud Designs covering the Pacific northwest. Shortly after their marriage Eddie and Peggy headed west and set up a home in San Francisco, where their four children were born. The McGloins moved back to Manhasset, Long Island in 1970. Both Eddie and Peggy retired to Raleigh following three of their children.

Eddie was predeceased by brothers: Paddy, Michael and Eugene McGloin. Surviving is Eddie's brother, Terry McGloin and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Eddie took his Catholic faith very seriously, always attending Sunday Mass, and maintaining a deep and abiding love of Jesus, his Savior. The family would like to express a special note of gratitude to those who cared for Eddie in his final years at Pruitt Health - Raleigh on Lake Wheeler Rd. with special thanks to the Pruitt Memory Care staff.

Eddie's Funeral Mass is Thursday, April 20th (2 P.M.) at St. Mary, Mother of the Church Catholic parish (1008 Vandora Springs Rd. Garner 27529). A reception will follow in St. Joseph's Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Eddie's name can be made to St. Mary, Mother of the Church Homebound Ministries (1008 Vandora Springs Rd. Garner 27529).

Condolences to the family at www.MitchellatRMP.com