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July 12, 1926 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Edward Ancherico, 97, went home to be his Lord and Savior on January 24th, 2024. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, businessman and generous friend.
Ed was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 12th, 1926, to Carmella and Vincent Annecchiarico. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Rose Spera, David Annecchiarico, and his special love of 44 years, Willa Long.
Ed is survived by his children, Manina Carleton, Eddy Ancherico (Amy), Annette Nelson, Adam Ancherico (Pam); his grandchildren, Monica Nelson, Nathaniel Nelson (Chelsie), Dane Carleton (Alecs), Kayla Carleton (Nick), Abigail Bock (Andrew), and Rebecca Ancherico; his great-grandchildren, Graceson Carleton, and Arlo Nelson.
After high school, Ed signed a professional baseball contract as a left-handed pitcher. He played professional baseball for 9 years, and eventually landed in Fayetteville, NC with the Fayetteville Highlanders. It was in Fayetteville that he settled and started his business career. He started Motor Sport and Cycle in 1954, which later grew into Eastern Turf Equipment, Inc. Ed thrived on the relationships he built in his business, and he went to work each day until he was almost 92 years old because of those relationships.
Ed was a pioneer in the turfgrass industry and was recognized with Distinguished Service Awards for both the Carolina’s Golf Course Superintendent’s Association and the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina. Known as a resource of encouragement and support in his industry, Ed got great pleasure out of helping others.
He took a genuine interest in everyone, and he was known, until his last days, for his generosity. In recent years, Ed enjoyed ordering and giving away a wide range of items to anyone who brightened his day.
An avid sports enthusiast, Ed followed baseball, golf, basketball, and football for the love of the sport, regardless of who or what team was playing. Ed treasured the times he spent with Willa. They enjoyed great meals, golfing, traveling, and weekends at the beach together. It was obvious to all that Ed enjoyed a good meal, the people around him, and an opportunity to share with others.
Thank you to all who lovingly cared for him, allowing him to pass peacefully in his home at Heritage Place.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8th, 2024. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Gathering Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina at https://www.bchfamily.org/ or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate.