Edward P. Popil, 75, of Taylor died peacefully with his children by his side on Thursday, July 19th following a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by Ellen L. Popil. They were married for 44 years.
Edward was born in Scranton on June 11, 1943, son of the late Edward T. and Mary Popil. He graduated from Central High School, went on to East Stroudsburg State College, and majored in Physical Education. He served his country as a military policeman in the U.S. Air Force. His career with the U.S. Marshal Service spanned almost 50 years. He served 35 years as Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania during which he worked in many capacities including the Special Operations Group where he was detailed to Wounded Knee and the Pentagon Riots at the Pentagon in the early 1970’s. Following his retirement, he served as a Lead Court Security Officer for the U.S. Marshals Service at the U.S. District Court in Scranton, PA, for 15 years. He put his heart and soul into his career and held his colleagues in very high esteem. He enjoyed physical fitness and helped facilitate the U.S. Marshals fitness program in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. As a result, he was most honored to have the gym at the U.S. District Court in Scranton dedicated in his name.
He was devoted to his family and his church, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where he served as President for many years. He gladly worked hard alongside his fellow church members on fundraisers, including church picnics and pyrohy making.
He was an avid fisherman and always looked forward to fishing trips with his good friend, Ron Leas, and his brother-in-law, Joseph Miller.
Also surviving are three daughters, Tanya, Clarks Summit; Lesya, Cinnaminson, NJ; and Nadya, Philadelphia; two sons, Edward, Rochester, NY; and Michael, Laurel, MD; eleven grandchildren, Paul, Domenica, Thomas, Thomas, Jackson, Gabriel, Piper, Melissa, Jessica, Anastacia, and Michael; one brother, Greg Popil; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Michael.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 540 N. Main Ave. Interment with military honors will follow at the parish cemetery.
Family and friends may call Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. at the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
Please visit the funeral home website for information or to send an online condolence.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church furnace fund, 1060 Howell St., Scranton, PA 18504.