Edward C. Drinkwater, Jr. ’45 died on December 4, 2020 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
(The following was published by Main Line Media News on December 15, 2020)
Edward C. Drinkwater Jr., 98, husband of the late Jane G. Drinkwater of West Chester, passed away from natural causes Friday, December 4th at his home in Bellingham Retirement Community. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Judge Edward Charles and Anna Mecurio Drinkwater. He attended Classical High School in Providence, Hebron Academy and Bowdoin College. Since it was wartime Ed left Bowdoin and joined the Marines. Before he was sent to basic training, he received an honorable discharge from the Marines when he was accepted to West Point. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1946 and got his MBA from Babson College. All through school he played hockey, including on the West Point team, and continued playing and coaching for many years. During his Army career he was stationed in Japan where he was in charge of accounting for Japanese ammunition depots; Paris, France where he was Deputy Director of the US Army Procurement Office, and Aberdeen, Maryland where he was Assistant to the Director, US Army Ballistic Research Laboratories as well as the Course Manager for the US Army Ordinance School. He left the military in 1961 to work as a Contract Integrator in the Aerospace industry in the Valley Forge Pennsylvania area. He left that field in 1971 and worked in the automotive industry until retirement. When he wasn’t working he loved to play golf and was a member at St. David’s Golf Club in Wayne PA. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Wayne. Ed will always be remembered and cherished for his great sense of humor and his positive attitude. He is survived by sons Edward and his wife Brooke of Malvern, PA., William and his wife Lee of Malvern, PA. and Peter and his wife Luci of Exton, PA.; seven grandchildren; Jessica, Katherine, Jillian, David, Amy, Jason and Leslie, and four great-grandchildren.