Edmund M. “Ted” Radcliffe, 87, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on March 15, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born at Easton Hospital on Dec. 29, 1931. Originally from Queenstown, Md., he was proud of his Eastern Shore heritage.
Radcliffe proudly served his country in the Maryland National Guard (1947 to 1950) and in the U.S. Air Force (1950 to 1953) during the Korean War.
He married Lois Gompf of Randallstown, Md., in 1957. During their 60 years of marriage, they lived in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania, returning to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1979. The couple had resided in Dagsboro for the past 20 years and were active members of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church.
Radcliffe was employed with William H. Rorer for 35 years as a pharmaceutical sales representative and district manager. During his tenure there, he received numerous awards in both his sales and managerial positions.
Radcliffe was very active in civic, fraternal and church organizations, including the Boumi Shrine, where he was a clown and a docent for the Shriners Hospital. He served as president of the Chester River Shrine Club; was a past master of Masonic Lodge 118 in Centerville, Md.; was a 20-year member Tall Cedars, the American Legion Post 18 in Centerville; and served on numerous church vestries as a faithful Episcopalian.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America as both a youth and adult, and he served as a scout leader for 17 years. Radcliffe stated that, besides his marriage and the birth of his children and grandchildren, the proudest moment of his life was pinning the Boy Scouts’ highest honor of Eagle Scout on his grandson Alex’s chest.
Radcliffe was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Elizabeth Radcliffe; a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Radcliffe; and a grandson, Scott Maxwell. He is survived by his four children: Linda Maxwell and her husband, Bob, Bill Radcliffe and his wife, Sue, Thomas Radcliffe and his wife, Joanna, and Sharon Jones and her husband, Larry; six grandchildren who adored him, Karlie, Alex, Edward, Jonathan, William and Laura; his brother, Lex Radcliffe and his wife, Cheryl; sister, Elizabeth “Bets” Evans; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Bradford and her husband, Bob, and Carol Kelley and her husband, Charles “Buck”; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 117 Maplewood Street, Bethany Beach, Del. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Delaware Hospice or the Shriners Hospital. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.