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Edward J. Sturm Jr., retired athletic director, coach and teacher at Eden Senior High School

April 8, 1931 – March 7, 2016

Edward J. Sturm Jr. of Eden, retired athletic director, teacher and coach at Eden Senior High School, died Monday in Mercy Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Sturm began as a science teacher in the Eden schools in 1956. He went on to teach health and physical education, retiring in 1994.

He coached basketball for 32 seasons, track and field for 27 seasons, cross-country for 25 seasons and served shorter stints as football, baseball and bowling coach. He was athletic director for 10 years.

His cross-country teams won several division, conference and sectional titles from the 1970s to early 1990s and his basketball teams registered 270 victories from 1962 to 1993.

In 1996, Mr. Sturm was inducted into the Eden Athletic Hall of Fame and subsequently served as a board member. A scholarship is awarded to an Eden student athlete annually in his name.

He also coordinated summer recreation programs for the towns of North Collins and Eden for 25 years.

Born in Rochester, the oldest of four children, he was a 1949 graduate of Monroe High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Brockport State College, where he was a member of the football, baseball, soccer, track and cross-country teams. For his last three years at Brockport, he served as an athletic trainer.

After graduating from Brockport in 1954, he joined the Army and served as a company clerk in Fort Eustis, Va., where he achieved all-star status on the company’s baseball team. He later served in the Army Reserve. Returning from service, he took master’s degree courses at Springfield College, Ithaca College and Buffalo State College.

In retirement, he was active in volunteer work. He was a volunteer driver for the Town of Eden and worked regularly at the Eden-North Collins Food Pantry.

Also active in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eden, he was a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Holy Name Society, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Witness Choir.

He and his wife, the former Catherine “Katy” Seekins, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last October.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Barbara Decsi, Mary Wilger, Joanne Meadows and Linda Hatch; seven sons, Kevin, Ed, Michael, Stephen, David, James and Eric; a sister, Sheila Callahan; two brothers, Richard and Bruce; 25 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, 8791 S. Main St., Eden, following visitation there at 10:15 a.m.

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