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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Edward P. Jessup, 89, of Nicholson Road, Canisteo, NY

Edward P. Jessup, 89, of Nicholson Road, Canisteo, NY, passed away Thursday (Aug. 25, 2011) at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., following a short illness.

Ed was born July 28, 1922, in Mansfield, Pa., to Leonard and Lillian (Price) Jessup. On Nov. 24, 1945, in Smethport, Pa., he married Winifred M. Van Gorder, who survives and resides in Canisteo. He was predeceased by a son, Leonard Jessup, in September 2001, and a brother, Theodore "Pete" Jessup.

Ed graduated from Charleston High School (Pa.) and served in the U.S. Army 103rd Medical Battalion during WWII from 1941-45. During this time, he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. Among his other medals he was awarded the distinguished Bronze Star.
After the service Ed worked at various occupations, which included police officer and car salesman, finally becoming a grocery store manager. Through a number of years of hard work and proficiency in retail grocery and management, he became director of store operations for the Northeastern District for the P&C Markets, traveling extensively.

In 1971, the decision to own his own business was made and he opened the Canisteo Big M, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1986, selling his business to his son, Lew. Ed was a former member of the Canisteo Rotary Club and had served on the board of directors for a number of years. In his retirement years, he and his wife traveled extensively, living in Harlingen, Texas, and Brooksville, Fla., during the winter. He was an avid woodworker both in Canisteo and Brooksville, making various useful items.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, Winifred "Winnie" Jessup, Ed is survived by his son, Lew (Nancy) Jessup of Canisteo; two daughters, Alice (Marshal) Crum of Tallahassee, Fla., and Helen (George) Sawyer of Canisteo. He is also survived by two brothers, Donald Jessup of Fla., and Ronald Jessup of Galeton, Pa.; two sisters, Anna Jean Whitney of Mansfield, Pa., and Eleanor Mae Collins of Fla.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 E. Main St. in Canisteo, where a funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial and committal will be in East Charleston Cemetery in Whitneyville, Pa., with military honors.

Memorial contributions in Edward Jessup's name may be made to the Canisteo Ambulance Fund, c/o Sandy Pierce, 35 Main St. Canisteo, N.Y. 14823 or to the Steuben County Rural Ministries, 34 West Main St. Canisteo, N.Y. 14823.

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