NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – The family of Lauren Edward “Ed” Allison, Jr., a simple man of Bessemer, is saddened to announce his passing on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at the age of 64.
Ed will be remembered by his wife of 45 years, Vickie; children, Mynde (Scott), Olivia (David), Gretchen (Daniel) and Anna (Julius); grandchildren, Lilliana, Venicia, Tabitha, Xavier, Heath and Adriana; stepmother, Linda; siblings, Robert (April) and Thomas, Tina (Donnie); brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law, Suzanne, Ron and Becky, Tony and Faye and numerous other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary Ann; in-laws, James and Charlotte and his brother, Joseph.
A graduate of Reynolds High School and Thiel College, Ed went on to pursue a career in accounting and business administration.
Beginning his career at Bessemer Cement Company, with Pennsylvania Rolling Mills and Applied Press Technologies following, Ed took on administrative roles. Later in his career, he also was a co-owner of New Castle Refractories, as well as, providing consulting expertise for various businesses.
For the past 12 years, Ed has served as the Director of Voter Services of Lawrence County, where he has overseen voter registration and all elections for the county as well as each precinct. He has also served as chairman of the Western Pennsylvania Election Directors Association, as well as, a member of the Joint State Government Commission.
Over the years, Ed served his community with much loyalty through his administrative abilities and expertise in grant writing. He was a retired member of Bessemer Volunteer Fire Company, serving as an officer, as well as, former Mayor of the borough of Bessemer. Ed was instrumental in the development, implementation and construction of the Bessemer Municipal Authority. Serving as a past and current Bessemer Borough Councilman, Ed also was previously honored as being recognized as Bessemer’s “Person of the Year.”
Ed’s favorite place to be was his own backyard tending to his gardens, flowers, berries and fruit trees. He loved to sing and performed in the Greenville Messiah presentation for more than a decade. It brought him great joy to cheer on his daughters at their many sporting and school events, as well as, coaching softball, basketball and football in the past. Ed’s greatness happiness and fulfillment came from the precious time he spent with his grandchildren. Endless hours of playing games, cards, ball or just wrestling around made him a special Papa.
A member of First Covenant Church, Bessemer, he served as a Deacon and enjoyed singing in the choir. He also served as youth leader for many years at Bethel Church in Enon Valley.
At this time, Ed and his family would like to thank Dr. Robin Midian and staff from Allegheny Health Network, for their genuine compassion and care over the years, as well as, their constant support.
Visitation will be held between the hours of 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Terry Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak Street, Bessemer, PA 16112.
A funeral service to honor Ed will take place Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the temporary location of Bethel Church, which is located at Holy Spirit/St. Anthony’s Church, 411 West Poland Avenue, Bessemer.
A television tribute will air Friday, September 3 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.