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STEELE, Edward Cudahy

STEELE, Edward Cudahy

STEELE - Edward Cudahy Age 94 of Hobe Sound FL, passed away peacefully at home on December 22, 2016. He was born in Buffalo NY, on August 17, 1922. He graduated from Canterbury School in New Milford CT in 1941 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1947.
Between 1943 and 1946, he served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He served in both European and Pacific Theaters.
His working career was spent primarily as CEO of the Red Wing Company and its subsidiaries. During his 16-year tenure as CEO the company had an unbroken annual record of increasing sales and net profits. Red Wing was a leading private label supplier to the grocery chain store industry. Products included: jams, jellies, ketchup, mayonnaise and salad dressings, peanut butter and other specialties. In 1977 he sold the Red Wing Company to RHM Ltd, a major London-based food processor. Past offices and directorships include President and Director of the following: The Red Wing Company, The American Preserve Company, The General Preserve Company, National Preservers Association, Brooks Memorial Hospital and The New York State Canners and Freezers Association. Additionally, he served as a director of the M&T Trust Company of New York, R. Markey and Sons Inc., and Hanover Brands.
His past and recent club memberships include: The Jupiter Island Club, Seminole Golf Club, Ekwanok Country Club, Everglades Club, The Brook, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, National Golf Links of America, Southampton Club, The Honors Course, as well as past President of the United States Seniors Golf Association, past Commodore of the Hobe Sound Yacht Club and past President of The Lost Tree Club.
He is survived by his wonderful and loving wife of 66 years, Joan M. Steele, and their four children: Edward L. Steele, Anne L. Steele, Susan S. Jennings and Michael C. Steele. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jenna S. Scanlan, Brooke S. Ricketts, Miles P. Skinner, John B. Hayes III, Andrew S. Hayes, Caitlin C. Hayes, Charlotte M. Steele, Lily C. Steele and Frances J. Steele. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren. In 1973, he was pre-deceased by their son Robert M. Steele. Ed was known to many as a man of character, honesty, humor and generosity. He was modest and kind in both public and private matters. He will be sorely missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday January 7, 2017 at St. Joseph's Church 145 E. Main Street, Fredonia, NY. at 12 noon. A private burial in the family cemetery plot at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, NY will take place immediately following the Funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The United World College, PO Box 248, Montezuma, NM 87731, or the United States Seniors Golf Association Memorial Fund, 49 Knollwood Road, Elmsford, NY 10523.
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