He graduated from LaSalle University, and was enlisted in the Army Reserve. Before moving to Lansdale, he resided in Oreland for 30 years and was an active member of Queen of Peace Church in Ardsley. While running his family’s medical supply business, he also participated in the Rotary Club and both Boy and Girl Scouting. Ed was known for his quick wit, tremendous sense of humor and love of a good story.
In 1986, Ed moved to Lansdale, working with computers for an electrical supply business and becoming a very active member of his new parish, St. Stanislaus. With an infectious smile and kind word for all, Ed served as an Eucharistic Minister for 28 years, visiting the sick and elderly, providing transportation to medical appointments, singing in the funeral choir, and helping at the Summer Festival.
In his earlier years, Ed enjoyed hiking camping, canoeing, and bowling in the Queen of Peace Bowling League. He loved music, and played both piano and organ. He and his wife, Rosemary, enjoyed dancing (especially square dancing,) traveling, and cooking together.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne M. Lagan (nee Ansman), his daughter, Elizabeth P. Martin, and his two brothers, Francis L. Lagan III and John D. Lagan.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary G. Neely, daughter Eileen L. Stitz (Mark) of Washington Crossing, sons James M. (Joanne) and Thomas E. (Jane), both of Tamaqua, and son-in-law Robert A. Martin, Horsham. He is also survived by his four stepdaughters – Kathy Neely (Larry) Lebanon, NJ , Patty Neely (Don) Lady Lake, FL, Michele Neely, Woodfords, CA and Lisa Neely (Rich), Philadelphia, and ten grandchildren.
Services will be held on Monday, May 18 at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, 51 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, PA 19446 with visitation beginning at 10:00 and Mass at 11:00. Interment will be immediately afterwards at St. John Neumann Cemetery in Chalfont.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Ed’s name to St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church (address above) or Catholic Charities Appeal, Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, 100 North 20th St., Suite 301, Philadelphia, PA. 19103.