Edward C. Trafford, 62, PSU grad, accountant, active in Manheim community, family man

By on April 23, 2014

Edward C. Trafford, 62, of Manheim went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Richard G. and Lucille E. Cannon Trafford. He was the loving husband of Susan I. Landis Trafford, and they would have celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

A 1980 graduate of Penn State University, Ed earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and then obtained his American Institute of Certified Public Accountants license in 1983. Early in his career he worked for the Marriott Corporation in Washington, D.C. He then worked in public accounting for several years, opening his own firm in Manheim in 1987. Until his recent illness, he worked in accounting for Graybill Machines, Inc., of Lititz. Ed was a founding member of the Manheim Touchdown Club, served as treasurer for the Manheim Central Track & Field booster club, past president of the Manheim Chamber of Commerce, served as a member of the Manheim Borough zoning board, was a member of the Sertoma Club and in his early years, volunteered as a youth baseball umpire. Ed previously attended Grace Church of Lititz. A devoted Manheim Central Barons football fan, he was also devoted to attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting activities. Ed was dedicated to his family, enjoying trips to South Carolina to visit his aunts and uncles, and taking each of his sons individually on special trips throughout the U.S.. Ed recently fulfilled his lifelong dream of being on the water by spending time with friends and family in Hollywood Beach, Md.

Surviving in addition to his wife Susan are three daughters: Toni wife of Jon Thomas of Lititz, Jami wife of Justin Arnt of Lebanon, Jeni wife of Kevin Neiles of Ephrata; two sons: Andrew C. Trafford of Lancaster, Daniel R. Trafford of Manheim, six grandchildren: Justin and Jason Erb, Joseph Arnt, Keeley, Riley and Grady Thomas. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Ed’s service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing at the Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim on April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m., with additional viewing time at the church on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Please omit flowers. Those desiring may make contributions in Ed’s memory to the Manheim Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 361, Manheim, PA 17545, or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Arrangements entrusted to Buch Funeral Home, Manheim.

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