Edmond Suez Jr., schoolteacher in South Philadelphia

Posted: May 22, 2014

Edmond U. Suez Jr., 79, of Longport, N.J., who worked at his father's Club Avalon in North Wildwood in the 1950s before becoming a South Philadelphia elementary-school teacher, died of cancer Saturday, May 17, at his home.

Mr. Suez grew up in the 1500 block of Passyunk Avenue and graduated from Friends Select School in 1952.

After completing studies at what was then Keystone Junior College near Scranton in 1954, he earned a bachelor's degree in business at what is now La Salle University in 1956.

Mr. Suez's wife, Donna, said that his father, the prizefighter Eddie Suez, owned Club Avalon for 16 years until he sold it to the entertainer Cozy Morley, who owned it from 1958 to 1992.

Donna said she met her future husband in 1958 at the club while she was a member of the Redheads, a female dancing trio. They were married a year later.

While serving in the Army National Guard, Mr. Suez was called to active duty during the 1961-62 Berlin Crisis and served as an artillery mapper at Fort Meade, Md.

Mr. Suez returned to work for his father at the Eddie Suez Theatrical Agency but, his wife said, "it wasn't his cup of tea."

So while working as a substitute teacher in Philadelphia public schools, he earned a teaching certificate at Temple University and began his full-time career.

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s, Mr. Suez taught mathematics to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Southwark Elementary School.

He commuted from their home in Medford, his wife said, and in the late 1970s, "we wanted a bigger puddle of water and moved to the Shore."

Besides his wife, Mr. Suez is survived by several cousins.

A visitation was set from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Rd., Northfield, N.J., before an 11 a.m. memorial service there.

Donations may be sent to the Hospice at Holy Redeemer Hospital at www.holyredeemer.com.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.adams-perfect.com.


wnaedele@phillynews.com

610-313-8134 @WNaedele

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