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Obituary: Edward J. Pfeiffer

Edward J. Pfeiffer

Edward J. Pfeiffer, 82, of Granby, CT, passed suddenly on April 25, 2009. Ed was a Glen Head resident for 17 years and raised his family there. He was originally from the Philadelphia, PA area where he met and married his wife of 52 years, Catherine Roache Pfeiffer. He joined the Navy at age 17 and served during WWII. He later attended Villanova University, graduating with a B.S. in economics. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years in the Philadelphia area as well as in Glen Head and Glenwood Landing.

His career in advertising and public relations spanned 60 years. He was employed by Bozell and Jacobs of Manhattan and was vice president of public relations for East New York Savings Bank in Brooklyn. While employed at East New York Savings Bank, Ed was awarded the prestigious Silver Anvil Award for his very successful public relations campaign which encouraged customers of the bank to contribute to the New York Public Library.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Roslyn. Ed and his family moved to Avon, CT, in 1978, and later he and Cathy resided in Ridgefield, CT, and Granby, CT. Ed was employed for many years as the vice president of communications at Direct Marketing Association in Manhattan, retiring from there in 1991. He then enjoyed serving as a consultant to Deloitte and Touche and was able to devote much more time to one of his favorite pastimes, writing freelance articles for Maine Antique Digest, which he did for over 20 years. He was still freelancing for MAD and other publications at the time of his death.

Ed enjoyed numerous hobbies, including carpentry, sailing, camping, and anything at all to do with trains or railroads, especially steam engines. He shared his interests with his children and grandchildren and was a devoted family man.

He leaves his wife Catherine, of Granby, CT; daughters, Laura Pfeiffer Cleinman of Simsbury, CT, and Lisa K. Scott of Canton, CT; his son Edward T. “Ted” Pfeiffer and his partner, Per Torgerson of Chicago, IL; one grandson Benjamin T. Cleinman of Granby, CT; twin grandaughters, Nina and Sydney Pfeiffer Torgerson of Chicago; one sister Elizabeth S. Reese of Lancaster, PA; and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.