Edward James McMorrow, Jr.
February 23, 1954 – November 13, 2021
Edward “Ed” James McMorrow, Jr., 67, beloved father and husband, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 13, 2021. He went peacefully after a difficult battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Ed managed his illness with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his wife and children, who he adored more than anything else in the world.
Edward was born on February 23, 1954, to Edward McMorrow, Sr. and Rita McMorrow in Brockton, Massachusetts. After Ed graduated from Kent’s Hill Preparatory Academy in 1973, he went on to study Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
In 1985, Ed met the love of his life and wife-to-be, Theresa Marie McMorrow, with her son, Warren Spencer Anzalone (41), and went on to have two more beautiful children, Erin Shanley McMorrow (32) and Edward James McMorrow III (30).
After moving from the East Coast, Ed began to work in the compressed air industry. He was a part of the ICDA group, one of the largest distributor organizations in the industry. Ed was the president of the ICDA from 1996-1998 and was instrumental in helping grow not just the products he represented but the entire industry. In 1999, he and Theresa founded Peerless Energy Systems. Under Ed’s leadership, Peerless Energy Systems quickly became one of the leading Sullair Distributors in the Midwest. They currently have over 30 employees and 3 locations in 2 states. From there, Ed helped found a best practices peer group called Industrial Compressed Air Products. The ICP group grew its membership and with its expansion also helped continue the success of its chief brand, Sullair. The ICP group grew larger under Ed’s leadership over the years and with the support of the membership transformed from a best practices peer group into one of the industries’ most powerful independent brands. Ed helped to create unmatched value in the compressed air industry by leading ICP to partner with companies on the cutting edge of technology like EAP, BEKO, BASF, and CAS. Throughout his years in the compressed air industry, he also worked with the United States Department of Energy and their efficiency group named The Compressed Air Challenge. He was influential in getting manufacturers to standardize on testing practices to more accurately rate air compressors. This lead directly to millions in dollars of energy savings yearly.
Business aside, Edward always put family first, as a dedicated father, grandfather, and husband. He was a strong, kind, loving, and generous person, which was felt by many in the community. Ed enjoyed various activities throughout his robust life and on any given day, he could be found on the green playing golf, up at the “Nest” hunting, boating on the lake with his friends and family, supporting his beloved Cornhuskers (Go Big Red!), showing off his dancing skills or just relaxing at home watching old westerns with Theresa.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Rita McMorrow. He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Theresa McMorrow; sister, Nikos Kavanya; children: Erin McMorrow-Bils (Stephen), Edward McMorrow (Conner) and Warren Anzalone (Laura); grandchildren: George and Annabelle Anzalone and Callan McMorrow; seven nieces and nephews. He will forever be in their hearts and missed every day.
Visitation will be held at St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church, 12330 S. 36th Street, Bellevue, NE on Thursday, November 18th from 5pm to 6pm with VIGIL SERVICE at 6pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, November 19th at 10:30am at St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
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