Biography of

Edwin Clifford Heath

 

Born 20 Dec 1912, Angigua, British West Indies
Died 07 Jul 1985, Bethlehem, Northampton, PA
Married Edith Lillian Dague, 29 Mar 1949, Bethlehem, PA (The Old Chapel)

Edwin Clifford Heath and Edith Lillian Dague joined in marriage, March 19, 1949.

 

 

 

Children:

  Edwin Bertrand Heath              21 Oct 1949

  Patti Jane Heath                      18 Dec 1952

Cliff was my father-in-law, a chemical engineer graduate from Lehigh University, he worked for Bethlehem Steel for most of his career.  Cliff had a pensive for taking things easy.. his nickname at the Steel was "Easy-Ed".   He kept a snack drawer at the Steel where he sold snacks to others workers.  Once famous story of Cliff was when he hopped a train to get to a Bethlehem Steel safety meeting...

His "Easy-Ed" style suited Cliff well in WW2, where he had the job of loading bombs! 

Ed had an odd sense of humor.. His WW2 enlistment record shows his occupation as "Mountaineer"... He did indeed come from the Blue Mountain area around Lehigh Valley; but am sure this was just a joke when he filled out the application.

Cliff was an avid ham radio operator, he received QSL cards from all over the world.  After he retired, he had to curb his usage of ham radio during the day.. as the radio was disturbing his neighbors with their soap operas!

Cliff's mother, Mabel, lived in the Sisters House at the Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem.  We used to attend Christmas Service at the Central Church every year, which was a family gathering for the Heath's.  His father was Dean of the Moravian Women's college for many years, and his father and mother were Moravian missionaries in Antigua; where Cliff was born.

Cliff had a stroke near the end of his life, and needed an operation about 6 months after his stroke.  He became septic after his operation and died of those causes.

 

Cliff and Sister Barbara, August of 1921.

 

 

 

 

 

Edith Lillian and Edwin Clifford Heath, about 1949.

 

 

 

 

Sister Barbara and Clifford, January 1916

 

 

Taken in Antigua, Ludious 1914.   Mabel, Cliff (baby), Sister Barbara (young girl), and Edwin Heath Sr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture above is from the Lehigh University class of 1936 yearbook.  the caption reads ..  Edwin Clifford Heath "Cliff".  Bethlehem, PA Mercersburg Academy.   87 West Church St., Chemical Eng., Band (1, 2, 3) Glee Club (4), Chemical Society (1, 2, 3, 4).  The art object above is a finished product of "Fem Sem".  The lad has been shuttled back and forth between Lehigh and that institution for four years.  We can't help it that his home is with the girls; it's an inheritance and not a gift!  his case provides a novelty in coeducation with he commends to the authorities and specialists.  A good chap in spit of fortune's freakiness!

Edwin Clifford Heath, 1922 (9 to 10 years old)

Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA

References

1936 Lehigh University Yearbook - The Epitome - The picture above is from the Lehigh University class of 1936 yearbook.  the caption reads ..  Edwin Clifford Heath "Cliff".  Bethlehem, PA Mercersburg Academy.   87 West Church St., Chemical Eng., Band (1, 2, 3) Glee Club (4), Chemical Society (1, 2, 3, 4).  The art object above is a finished product of "Fem Sem".  The lad has been shuttled back and forth between Lehigh and that institution for four years.  We can't help it that his home is with the girls; it's an inheritance and not a gift!  his case provides a novelty in coeducation with he commends to the authorities and specialists.  A good chap in spit of fortune's freakiness!

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record
about Edwin C Heath

Name: Edwin C Heath Birth Year: 1912 Race: White, citizen Nativity State or Country: Bahamas or Barbados or Bermuda or British Central America or British Honduras or British West Indies or Cayman Islands or Jamaica or Leeward Islands or Tobago or Trinidad or Turks And Caicos Islands or Windward Islands State: Indiana County or City: Lake   Enlistment Date: 5 Jun 1942 Enlistment State: Indiana Enlistment City: Indianapolis Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life   Education: 4 years of college Civil Occupation: Mountaineer Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 70 Weight: 183