Edward Gerard DeMarco, 82, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 3.

While he was working and living in New Jersey, Mr. DeMarco served as president of the Morris Hills Regional Board of Education. He was elected president of the Morris County School Board Association and served as vice president for legislation/resolutions for the New Jersey School Boards Association.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth Ellen DeMatteo; his son, David DeMarco of Saratoga Springs, NY; his daughter, Debra DeMarco of Brooklyn, NY; his two step-sons, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis DeMarco of Englewood, NJ.

Mr. DeMarco worked for Ford Instrument Company as a test engineer working on naval ships overseeing fire control computer systems. He was hired by General Electric as an electrical engineer designing test equipment used on Minuteman III, which was an intercontinental ballistic missile system. He moved his family to several states before landing in Schenectady, NY where he met his second wife, Elizabeth. After marrying, they moved to New Jersey, where after retiring from GE, he worked for other companies as a manager of technical services. Together they retired and lived in New Hampshire before eventually settling in North Carolina.

Mr. DeMarco became involved in several volunteer opportunities in Wilmington, NC, which included serving as a Master Gardner at the Arboretum and president of Friends of the Arboretum Foundation. He also served as a judge for the Regional Science Fair, and as senior project judge at Ashley High School for graduating seniors.

He and his wife loved to travel and visit with family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401-7335, or call (800) 733-1476. Obituary provided by Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403, (910) 791-9099.