Edward Brockenbrough, an Army veteran and construction worker, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, after a brief illness. He was 92.
He was the son of the late Thomas Brockenbrough and Bessie Gans and was born on Sept. 23, 1927, in Darby Township. He was the fourth of eighteen children and attended Darby Township public schools.
As a young man, “Brock”, as he was affectionately known, worked various jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he received an honorable discharge. He then married his childhood sweetheart, Martha Ellen Robinson. From this union, they had six children. During this period, he held many jobs and found his niche in the construction industry as a bricklayer. He worked on the construction of various area projects including Walter Avenue Baptist Church, garages for the local fire station, and the first Wawa convenience store.
Brockenbrough was known as the family and neighborhood historian. He enjoyed telling stories about his adventures growing up within a large family in old Darby Township. Many people would seek him out for information about family and local traditions. Additionally, he was often sought out for his expertise on various tasks including auto repairs, home improvements, and small construction projects.
He enjoyed sci-fi, westerns, and Judge Judy television shows. However, most people will remember him for the meticulous caring of his lawn along with his willingness to give advice to neighbors on the caring of their lawns. Also, he relished visiting and having spirited conversations with his 94-year-old sister Edith (Edie). Many times, family and friends would show their love and appreciation for him by joining him in drinking his favorite liquor.
He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Ellen and son Edward Jr.
he is survived by: his children, Eugene Michael (Bernadette), Steven Gary (Thelma), Debra Jean, Dr. Karl Bruce (Deborah), and Kevin Squire; daughter in law, Charlotte Brockenbrough; brothers, Thomas Brockenbrough and Lester Brockenbrough; sisters, Edith Brunswick, Shirley House, Joyce Brockenbrough and Gwendolyn Dawson; brothers-in-law, Floyd Scott and Arthur Horton; sister-in-law, Annie Brockenbrough; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Services were held on Oct. 28 at First African Baptist Church, 901 Clifton Ave. Interment was at Historic Eden Cemetery.
Claude J. Edney Funeral Home handled the arrangements.