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1930 Ed 2024

Edward W. Jenkins, Jr.

April 13, 1930 — January 12, 2024

Edward W. Jenkins, Jr., 93 of West Chester, PA, affectionately known as “G-Pop”, peacefully passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024 surrounded by family. He was born April 13, 1930 in Hazleton, PA, son of the late Edward and Marcella Jenkins.  Ed resided in Hazleton for 72 years before moving to Hershey’s Mill, West Chester, PA where he resided for over 20 years.

Ed attended the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf where he met Toby, the love of his life.  After graduation in 1953, he worked in the family owned business, GR Steckert Construction Company until 1975. He then worked for Gebhardt Billiard and Bowling Company until his retirement in 1992.

Ed was a devoted member and leader of the deaf community after losing his hearing at the age of 2.  He was a multiple term officer of Wilkes Barre Deaf Club, Pennsylvania Athletic Association of the Deaf, and the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf. He was a long standing board member of Elwyn, Media, PA. Throughout his years of service he was honored for his outstanding contributions.

Athletics played a significant role in Ed’s life as a player, coach, athletic director and fan.  He was elected to the Eastern Athletic Association of the Deaf Hall of Fame in 1992.  Ed was the ultimate cheerleader for his grandchildren's athletic events from the time they played t-ball through the conclusion of college.

Ed was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Toby Sonia Jenkins (nee Shiekman). Left to cherish his loving memory: daughter Joan Gravatt (Phil) of Lewes, DE, and son Daniel Jenkins (Lisa) of Glen Mills, PA; grandchildren Amanda Robinson Plaster (Dustin), Brady Robinson (Lacy), Paige Jenkins Tankle (Matthew), and Dylan Jenkins; great granddaughters Claire, Hazel, Zoey and Harper.

Services will be private and handled by Donohue Funeral Home, West Chester, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory can be sent to The PA Society for the Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD), c/o Lynn Stroud, Secretary, P.O. Box 42, Middlebury Center,  PA 16935.

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