The Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department & EMS, Inc. is saddened by the passing of Joseph Edelen, better known to all as Harvey. Harvey passed away on Friday, June 14, 2017 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Edelen was a faithful, selfless, and respected man that brought cheer to anyone he came in contact with. His smile was infectious. Harvey was a long-time avid supporter of the department. Most recently he assisted the department with the installation of the dry hydrant at Hatton Creek.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Holy Ghost Catholic Church
15848 Rock Point Road
Issue, Maryland 20645
Visitation 9 AM until 11:30 AM
Rosary 11:30 AM
Mass of Christian Burial 12 PM
Interment to follow at the church cemetery
The family has asked that memorials be made to the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department & EMS, PO Box 156, Cobb Island, MD 20625 or Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, PO Box 9, Newburg, MD 20664.
Joseph Harvey Edelen, age 67, of Newburg, Maryland, transitioned into eternal paradise on July 14, 2017 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland.
Edelen was affectionately known as Dad, “Pa-pa,” and Joe. At a young age, Harvey became a devout member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Issue, Maryland. Harvey attended Bel Alton High School, graduating in 1969. He initially planned to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corp. At the time, though he was ready and qualified, he was denied for being the youngest male sibling in his family. Instead, he began working at the Pepco Power Plant where he would retire after 36 years of employment. He was ambitious enough to start his own business, Edelen Marine Construction Inc., 11 years into his Pepco stint. He then went on to work for himself and Pepco, in tandem, for over 25 years.
Harvey, Joe, had a genuinely positive personality. His spirit inspired and touched all those he met, many viewing him as a mentor. He could get a room full of strangers to know exactly who he was in under five minutes, his smile and laugh was infectious. A conversationalist, he loved to talk even if he didn’t always listen. A selfless man, this flaw was easily forgiven for Harvey would satiate the needs of others before his own, often exceeding expectations to make sure his loved ones were happy. A one-of-a-kind family member, many friends of his and his kids became adopted family members. He was an exemplary example of community support.
Joseph Harvey Edelen was born on May 22, 1950 in Rock Point, Maryland to the late Claude and Leola Edelen. In 1964 Harvey met the love of his life, Ruth T. Swann, whom he married in 1970. In addition to his loving wife Ruth, his loving presence will also be cherished and celebrated by his children, Chris, Michelle (David), Nicole (Russell) and Raheem; his grandchildren, Alexsea, Zakaira, and David III; his siblings, Charles, Liz, James, Inez, Roscoe (Darlene), Joanne (Larue), Laura Jean, and Cynthia (Samuel); his sibling-in-laws, Peggy (Nathan) and Shirley Swann; his godchildren, Tony Tolson, Gregory Woodland, Terrence Bushrod, Na’Zyia & Za’Nyia Hicks. In addition to those listed above, many great nieces and nephews, friends and community members will cherish his memory as well.