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Edward Gordon Head

Edward Gordon Head, age 75, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021, after battling a long illness. Ed was born in Wilmington, DE and was the son of the late Eugene and Ruth Head.

Ed was a well-known and respected member of society who accomplished many things in his life. In his younger years he enjoyed participating in all sports, excelling in basketball. After graduation from H. Fletcher Brown Vocational High School in Wilmington, he joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. He returned home to become a premier homicide detective as Sergeant for the Wilmington Police Department receiving numerous commendations. He retired in 1985 and shifted his career into banking. His work in Security, Vendor Inspections and Investigations led the banks he worked for to solve cases of fraudulent activity for Beneficial, Core States, and First USA Bank. In 1998, he was honored with Investigator of the Year by the International Association of Credit Card Investigators. He helped law enforcement agencies around the world. He retired in 2000 from First USA Bank. He was the CCO for the Law Enforcement Liaison team and the Internal Fraud Unit, and served as the regional investigator of Delaware. He continued his civic duties by volunteering his expertise in establishing the Veterans Nursing Home in lower Delaware.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to everyone he knew. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan; his children, Dianne Howell (Gary), Michael Head, Linda Barry, Nicole Keane (David), Kevin Head, and his stepsons, Steven Stacknick (Tami), and Gregory Stacknick (Debbie); 15 grandchildren, Morgan, Justin, Rachel, Kelsey, Leah, David, Daniel, Ian, Alexa, Brody, Justin, Max, Alec, Connor, Lyla; and one great granddaughter, Emery.

He is also survived by his siblings, Harvey Head (Margherita), Kenneth Head (Lorraine), Larry Head, Charlotte Maher (Bob), Penney Gray, and numerous nieces and nephews.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the family and friends who offered their prayers and support during this difficult time. Thank you to all of the Delaware Hospice workers who visited our home offering their support and guidance.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. A brief service will follow at 12 p.m. Burial will be private at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

Funeral Services

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. A brief service will follow at 12 p.m. Burial will be private at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.


    Keith Walker writes,
    I am so sorry for your loss ... Ed was part of our Military family .. he will be missed for a long time ... remember there will be "no" speed limits "no" time limits as you travel this road of lost ... I am sending you pray Angles to guide you and family ... It's that simple
    11/16/2021 06:19 pm
    Harvey Head lit a candle and writes,
    You will be missed dearly my special brother. We grew-up together doing everything together. We stayed that way even though I stayed on the west coast where you visited many times. I will miss our daily talks so very much. I am so sorry I could not be there for you in your time of need and unable to be there for your memorial and burial in person but surely in spirit. Margherita and I wish to extend our condolences to all of your children and extended family as well as all of our immediate family. RIP my Dear Brother and we will meet again.
    11/16/2021 06:30 pm
    Phil Shockley writes,
    All of us loved Ed, he was a happy, smiling guy that my Dad and Mom liked and us kids enjoyed anytime we were with him. Our family’s sincere condolences
    11/16/2021 07:17 pm
    Ed Pankowski lit a candle and writes,
    Knew Ed from high school when he played for Brown Tech v. Us at Sallies ! He was a great athlete! Really got to know him when I was a prosecuting attorney general in the 70’s and we worked some cases together and put the bad guys in jail ! You were a kind gentle person and always a pleasure to be with you ! R.I.P. my friend ! God Bless you and your family ! 👍🇱🇷
    11/16/2021 07:17 pm
    Edward Pankowski lit a candle and writes,
    R.I.P. my friend have been a good friend since high school... May Peace be with you and your family❤️🙏
    11/16/2021 09:05 pm
    Robert E Lee writes,
    I would like to wish the Family Of Ed my deepest condolences during this very sad time, may God Bless you all. Ed was a Great Friend growing up and also at Luncheons at Mulroney's with the 9th Ward Group, he will be surely Missed.
    11/16/2021 09:24 pm
    Valentina J Robinson lit a candle and writes,
    My Sincere Condolences Uncle Ed was such a wonderful man, and though he is gone, he will never be forgotten; as his memory will continue to live in our Hearts as we remember him ♥️ May God fill your hearts with his love and peace; as a comfort during this very difficult time …
    11/16/2021 11:27 pm
    Janice Emerson Bline lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    11/16/2021 11:43 pm
    Valentina morales writes,
    You were a great man… uncle… and friend… I’ll miss our talks at work… cutting your hair…taking me and Linda for a ride in the police car when I was a kid… Rest In ☮️ 🙏
    11/17/2021 04:32 am
    Richard M. Magner lit a candle and writes,
    My condolences to the Head family. Ed was a a kind person who truly cared about others. He was a brother Vietnam Veteran and I helped him working as a National Service Officer with the Veterans Administration. I am truly sorry I could not get to see him this past year. God has a special place for Ed. No longer will he suffer. Rest In Peace my Vietnam Brother.
    11/17/2021 07:34 am
    Dale Hall writes,
    Dear Susan and family: You have my sincerest condolences on your loss. Ed and I grew up together in Wilmington, served in 'Nam and became police detectives on different departments. We later became employed for the same bank until 2000. We eventually got together again several years ago for lunch with others from the old neighborhood. Ed was for me a friend, a mentor, and just a super person. In spite of his health problems he never complained and was never without a smile or a kind word. His loss will be hard for many of us who knew him. May memories of Ed give you solace.
    11/17/2021 09:07 am
    Jim E Strawbridge writes,
    We have lost a caring human being. His life was always service to someone I have known Ed for almost 50 years. He will be missed by both family and friends.
    11/17/2021 09:34 am
    Marianne Oratorio writes,
    Dearest Family of Ed Head, Remembering a life well lived along with its many struggles and always with a smile. Sending sincere sympathy to all. Many Blessings as Ed’s soul finds eternal rest in our Loving God’s Paradise ♥️
    11/17/2021 01:18 pm
    Shari Norem lit a candle and writes,
    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    11/17/2021 04:36 pm
    Sue Brandt writes,
    I’m sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I knew him when I worked at Sears on Market St in Wilmington. He was the nicest man. May he rest in peace
    11/17/2021 08:23 pm
    Rose ONeill lit a candle and writes,
    What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that Ed was part of our family. He was a wonderful man, always smiling, never complained and had a heart of Gold! God Bless you and comfort your family during this difficult time.
    11/17/2021 09:20 pm
    Glen Loy writes,
    I was both blessed and honored to have known Ed. He was not only a friend....but a brother-in-arms. A generous man and I will remember are trips to the Flyers and Phillies games. You never complained about having to be in your scooter. Your veteran brothers will miss you my friend.
    11/17/2021 10:13 pm
    Karen Latimer writes,
    It was my pleasure to work with Ed over the past few years. When he would visit our center, he would light up the room. The students loved working with him. He will be missed.
    11/18/2021 09:11 am
    Michael DiEleuterio lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest sympathy to Ed and his family. I’ll always remember my years on the department knew that Ed was a premier detective and a great PO. God bless you Ed and thank for your many years of service, military and PD. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    11/18/2021 08:58 pm
    Franny Green writes,
    Deepest sympathies to the Head family over the passing of Ed. May he now Rest In Peace with our Lord. “Only the rocks live forever, Gray Wolf said.” Franny Green Lewes De
    11/19/2021 06:09 am
    Margie Cella lit a candle and writes,
    My sincerest condolences to all of Ed's family. My heart is heavy for your loss and as you prepare for his final journey remember the special memories that always brings love to our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may his soul rest for all eternity in peace and love. Blessings
    11/19/2021 07:27 am
    Pat & Mary Beth Nagle writes,
    There are no words. We will truly miss Ed especially his weekly phone calls. Pat and Ed were great police buddies and stayed in contact through out the years. Please let us know if you need anything. Even just a phone call. God Bless
    11/19/2021 08:47 am
    Carol Ann Plunkett writes,
    Dear Susan and family-I am so sorry to read of Ed's passing. He was a kind and loving soul and it was so apparent how much he loved his family. It was a pleasure to work with him as his OT and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know him. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Love, Carol Ann Plunkett
    11/22/2021 10:37 pm

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