Edward P. Bookmyer was born in York, Pennsylvania, on September 20, 1960, the son of the late Ralph and Mary (Sanders) Bookmyer. Ed was a 1977 graduate of York Vo-Tech. At the time of his death, he had been working for Susquehanna Real Estate for over 15 years. He was a member of Craley Fish and Game Association.
Ed was chief engineer at the Craley Volunteer Fire Company, where he served for ten years. He spent a lot of time at the firehouse working on the fire trucks, working on the equipment, running calls, or just talking to the other firefighters. Ed was eager to help the young guys with firefighting, working on their cars, or anything else they needed. Before serving with Craley, Ed was as a firefighter and EMT with other firehouses in the community for many years before.
Ed’s son, Sean, was also a firefighter at Craley. Ed and Sean enjoyed many hours together training, running fire calls, and helping with fundraisers. They both liked helping their community any way they could.
Ed suffered a medical emergency on January 24, 2021, while working on a piece of apparatus after returning from a fire call. He was transported to the hospital, where he died on January 30, 2021, due to a heart attack.
At Ed’s funeral there were so many people. He had no idea how many people he touched in the short time he was with us.
Ed is survived by his wife of 29 years, Patricia; his son, Sean E. Bookmyer; a brother, Kenneth Bookmyer; five sisters, Cindy Spangler, Diane Foster, Linda Bookmyer, Janet Dieffenbach, and Joanne Bookmyer; his nieces and nephews; and his pet dog, Hunter.
Ed is remembered as a dedicated and faithful servant to his family, friends, and community. He was the first one to lend a hand when it was needed, both at the station and among his friends.
Ed will never be replaced. We miss you, Ed!