Edmund M. ‘Ted’ Radcliffe, proud Scout leader

March 19, 2019

Edmund M. “Ted” Radcliffe, 87, of Dagsboro passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.  Ted was born Dec. 29, 1931, at Easton Hospital in Maryland.  Originally from Queenstown, Md., he was proud of his Eastern Shore heritage.

Ted proudly served his country in the Maryland National Guard (1947-50) and then as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1950-53 during the Korean War.  

Ted married Lois Gompf of Randallstown, Md., in 1957.  During their 60 years of marriage they lived in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania, returning to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1979.  He and Lois resided in Dagsboro for the past 20 years, and were active members of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church.  

Ted was employed with William H. Rorer for 35 years as a pharmaceutical sales representative and district manager.  During his tenure with Rorer he received numerous awards in both his sales and managerial positions.  

Ted was very active in civic, fraternal and church organizations, including the Boumi Shrine where he was a clown and a docent for the Shriners Hospital.  He served as president of the Chester River Shrine Club and was past master of Masonic Lodge 118 in Centerville, Md.  He was also active in Tall Cedars, American Legion Post 18 in Centerville, (where he was a 20-year member) and he served on numerous church vestries as a faithful Episcopalian.  

Ted was active in the Boy Scouts of America as both a youth and adult, and he served as a Scout leader for 17 years.  He stated that besides his marriage and the birth of his children and grandchildren, the proudest moment of his life was pinning the Boy Scout’s highest honor of Eagle Scout on his grandson Alex’s chest.  

Ted is survived by his four children, Linda Maxwell (Bob), Bill Radcliffe (Sue), Thomas Radcliffe (Joanna) and Sharon Jones (Larry).  He also has six grandchildren who adored him, Karlie, Alex, Edward, Jonathan, William and Laura.  Additionally, he is survived by his brother Lex Radcliffe (Cheryl); and sister Elizabeth (Bets) Evans; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Bradford (Bob) and Carol Kelley (Charles “Buck”); as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alexander and Elizabeth Radcliffe; a daughter-in-law Rebecca Radcliffe; and a grandson Scott Maxwell.  

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 26, at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 117 Maplewood St., Bethany Beach.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions In Ted’s name can be made to Delaware Hospice or the Shriners Hospital. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services.

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