Edward Shukry Shia, 101, a resident of North Haven for 62 years, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015. He was the husband of the late Martha Freeman Shia. Born in Zahle, Lebanon on November 6, 1913, he was a son of the late Shukry and Hesney Ghazel Shia. Beloved father of Marcia H. (Ian) Shia, of Washington, D.C., Nancy L. Shia, also of Washington, D.C., Thomas E. (Corinne) Shia, of Reston, VA, and Steven S. (Margo) Shia of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by two sisters, Alice Shia Bundy and Evelyn Shia Riordan, both of Hamden. He was adored 'Jedo' to his grandchildren, Angharad Davies, Michelle Shia, Rhydwyn Davies, Chi Shia, Jill K. Shia, and Ja-Shukry Shia, step-grandchildren Alissa & Kristina Buoni, great-grandchildren, Daniela Sevilla-Shia, Chad Agosto, Jr., Shia Grace Borelli, Iris Eleri Malley, Ava and Vincent Flowers. and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he is predeceased by siblings Anna Adams, William S. Shia, Elizabeth Murray, and Jeanette Shia. Edward graduated from Arnold College as Valedictorian in 1951, and received his Master's Degree from Trinity College in Hartford. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, serving for five years during WWII. He taught at Eli Whitney School, before working for the State of Connecticut, Department of Education for many years before retiring in 1984. He was a member of Center Church on the Green, and had served as a Deacon, and also a member, and Past Master of Corinthian Lodge #103 A.F & A.M.. He was a member of the Hillhouse High School State Champion Basketball Team of 1933, he received the 100th pilot's license issued in CT, and he enjoyed camping with his family. Funeral service will be on Friday January 23 at 11 AM at Center Church on the Green, 250 Temple St., New Haven. Friends may visit with his family on Thursday from 7-9 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment with Military Honors in North Haven Center Cemetery.

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  1. Ed and my Dad were great friends for many years both professionally and through Corinthian Lodge. I had the privilege of knowing him since I was a little boy and especially enjoyed my talks with him after I joined Corinthian Lodge and became Master in 2008. I will truly miss him and his candor. Rest in peace Brother Ed.

    Nick Iannone

  2. It was an honor to have been a guest at Ed’s 100 birthday party. He lead a full life and we’re sure his family is very proud of all his accomplishments. He will be missed by all that knew him. A man of honor and a true American.

    Our best to all the Shia family, with love and condolences. Dominic & Diane DePiano.

  3. I will always cherish my memories of our 2004 Shia Family Reunion and the stories of the family’s journey from Turkey to America. It was an honor to meet my father’s cousins, including Eddie, and put faces, voices and embraces to the many stories I had heard since my childhood. My prayers and condolences to all of the family.

    Eddie Shia Gabriel Jr.

    Lehi, Utah

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