Ed Grusheski, president of the Oliver Evans chapter since 1996, died December 23, 2020. Ed contributed to so many programs and institutions in the city yet he always had time for our Oliver Evans Chapter. He led the chapter with grace and spirit despite several major health setbacks in recent years. He was a gallant, brave gentleman. We will be diminished without benefit of his caring, generous heart.
There is no information yet on memorial services in his name. Family and friends are making arrangements and will share that information with us. Here is an obituary they have provided.
Edward Francis Grusheski
On December 23, 2020, Edward Francis Grusheski of Philadelphia, passed away at the age of 74. Ed was born in Boston, the son of Marian Grusheski. Ed graduated from Boston Latin School, Georgetown University and earned a master’s degree in American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. He also was stationed in Asia while serving in the US Army as a voice intercept operator.
Ed’s most proud accomplishment was leading the development of the historic Fairmount Water Works into the region’s premier urban environmental education destination, dedicated to fostering shared stewardship of our shared water resources. Ed continued his relationship with the Fairmount Water Works through the rest of his life when he became a consultant, educator, and speaker, giving voice to environmental issues.
Ed exuded enormous optimism and enthusiasm throughout life as a constant learner, world traveler and art collector. He was active in and a contributor to countless programs and institutions in Philadelphia including serving on the boards of the Global Water Alliance, the Fund for the Water Works, and as the president of the local chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology.
He leaves behind many loved cousins and cherished friends. Ed was a joyful and generous gentleman who enjoyed a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in honor of Ed to either:
Old Saint Joseph’s
321 Willings Alley
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
640 Waterworks Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Another obituary was written by his associates at the Global Water Alliance where Ed was a Founding Board Member.
Ed is now under the care of Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. at King of Prussia. The Society web page has a link to share a memory of Ed.
Finally, here is a link to an article by Ed on his beloved Fairmount Waterworks written in 2004 and posted on Watershapes, a website on our water environment and its structures.