Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., civil engineer

Edwyn L. Shoemaker
Edwyn L. Shoemaker
Posted: June 16, 2014

Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., 89, formerly of Haddonfield, a retired civil engineer and former World War II Navy Seabee, died Thursday, June 5, of pneumonia at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale.

Mr. Shoemaker grew up in Olney and graduated from Germantown Academy High School in 1943. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940.

Between 1943 and 1946 he served with the Navy Construction Battalion, called the Seabees, aboard a hydrographic surveying yacht in Bermuda. Hydrography is an applied science that deals with mapping the seas and adjoining coastlines, for the purpose of navigation.

In 1950, Mr. Shoemaker earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

He held various jobs in the Philadelphia area and South Jersey, mostly centered on water and concrete construction projects. From 1967 to 1977, Mr. Shoemaker worked for John G. Reutter Associates, of Camden, designing municipal wastewater-treatment plants throughout New Jersey.

From 1977 to 1998, when he retired, he was employed by S.T. Hudson Engineers Inc., a marine engineering company in Camden, doing pier and real estate inspections. His final project was to design a pipeline bridge stretching from a pier on the Delaware River across Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia to storage tanks for chemicals.

Mr. Shoemaker loved travel, sailing, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts to test the scouts' knowledge of engineering for merit badges in surveying and drafting.

He was married to Mary Elizabeth Carr Shoemaker from 1949 until her death in 2008. They met at a dance at the Starlight Ballroom in Wildwood, N.J., in 1947.

He was described by family as "a sweet, loving, gentle man" who was happy up until the end of his life.

He is survived by his sons, John E. and Thomas C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, Father's Day, at the Church of the Messiah, 1001 Dekalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd (Route 202, just south of Sumneytown Pike). Refreshments will follow in the parish hall. Burial was private.


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