Lt. Ed Erwin

Jan 19, 2004

Edward L. Erwin, died January 19, 2004 at Crouse Hospital following a short illness. He was born July 17, 1923 in Syracuse, NY. He attended St. Lucy's High School, and is a WWII Veteran, having served in the European Theatre.

He retired as a Lieutenant from the Syracuse Police Department after serving 35 years. He was responsible for the development of the police patrols in the Syracuse City School District, and was a member of the pea coat gang*.

Mr. Erwin is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Grace M. Erwin (Chrisfield); and his five children: Edward M., Daniel G., Timothy J., Martin J. Erwin, and Mary Ellen Holgate (Erwin), all of Syracuse; two sisters, Peg Lake of Syracuse and Sister Ann Barbara of Latham. In addition, he is survived by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home, and 9 a.m. in The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, Syracuse. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home, 1628 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph's in Latham, NY. Edward J. Ryan & Son,



I took the photo at left, cropped from a group shot at a police retirement party in the 70's. The photo at right is dated 1946 and was provided by his son, Sgt. Tim. Erwin.