Edward Rowell Atwood, 97, passed away on November 30, 2021, at Brookdale Palm Coast.
Edward Rowell Atwood
Edward Rowell Atwood, 97, passed away on November 30, 2021, at Brookdale Palm Coast. Ed was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 10, 1924, to Hartwell and Blanche Atwood.
He actually witnessed the US flag being raised on Mount Suribachi.
He later moved with his family to Pembroke, New Hampshire as a young boy. While attending Pembroke Academy from 1939 to 1942, Ed met his future wife - Sybil Gale. After graduation, he joined the US Marine Corp and trained with the 4th Marine Division. Ed suffered a combat injury on Iwo Jima in March 1945 – his fourth island. He actually witnessed the US flag being raised on Mount Suribachi. After WWII was over, Ed married Sybil in 1947 and transferred to the US Army. His Army career highlights included two tours of duty in Germany, paratrooper instructor, Special Forces Green Beret, Central Intelligence Corp, and ROTC instructor at the University of Vermont. After retiring from the Army, Ed joined the Civil Service Commission as a special investigator. Ed and Sybil retired to Palm Coast, FL in 1980 where he actively pursued golf, tennis, swimming, biking, bowling, and his favorite past time – playing and teaching duplicate bridge. Fun facts about Edward – he was a member of Mensa, he was featured in an ITT movie to promote Palm Coast’s active lifestyles, his reading speed was over 1,000 words a minute, he read the entire 30 volumes of the Encyclopedia Americana, and when we played Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy – Ed was always picked first. Although Edward was preceded in death by his wife Sybil and son Marshall Atwood, he is survived by son, Joel & Maureen of Palm Coast; son, Craig Atwood of Fort Lauderdale; Brenda Atwood of Zanesville, OH; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Scott, William, Chad, Lance, Samantha; great grandchildren, Colin, Hartley, Zane, Dillon, Carter, Marlowe, Julia, Jameson, Chandler. A private celebration of his life and inurnment with Sybil at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.clymerfuneralhome.com The family of Mr. Atwood entrusted the arrangements to Clymer Funeral Home & Cremations.