OSWEGO — Edwin T. “Eddie” Callaghan passed away peacefully on Oct. 6, 2019, at Oswego Hospital.
Born in Oswego, New York, on July 6, 1925, he was a life-long resident of Oswego. He was retired from the United States Post Office.
An avid piano player and singer, he especially enjoyed singing in the church choirs at St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s. A die-hard sports fan, he faithfully watched the New York Yankees and Syracuse University teams. Ed also enjoyed playing golf, especially with his sons.
Part of the “Greatest Generation,” Ed was inducted in the Army in 1944. A veteran of World War II, he earned several medals, including the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He returned from overseas with war injuries, but immediately married his forever sweetheart, Noreen (Newstead) Callaghan on Dec. 30, 1944, then returned to the hospital for an extensive recovery. A true love story, Ed and Noreen met in grade school and were married at 19 years old.
Together for more than 70 years, they raised three children; Noreen Ruttan of Oswego, sons, Patrick (Jane) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Thomas (Janice) of Las Cruces, New Mexico. He adored his nieces Roberta Jean (Daniel) Van Buren of Oswego and Sharon Callaghan Pemberton of Jefferson City, Missouri. He had several grandchildren, Bryan Ruttan of Oswego, Julie Ruttan of Albany, New York, Stephen Ruttan (Jennifer) of Oswego, Jennifer Davey (Matt) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Molly Mitnick (Alex) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Alison Boak Weinstein (Allan) of Pound Ridge, New York, Michelle Shaaban (Mohammed) of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Melissa Vasquez (Trey) of Occocee, Florida. Ed was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.
Ed was predeceased by his brother Richard and sisters Mary Welsh and Martha Morley, his beloved wife Noreen (Newstead) Callaghan and his son-in-law John Ruttan.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at Christ The Good Shepherd, 50 E. Mohawk St. at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in his memory.
Arrangements are in care of Nelson Funeral Home.