LT. COL. EDWARD C. MOULTON, Jr.
May 13, 1930 – April 20, 2023
Lt. Col. Edward C. Moulton Jr., United States Air Force (retired), of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, passed away on April 20, 2023 after a brief hospitalization. Born at home in Newburgh, NY on May 13, 1930 at the onset of the Great Depression, Ed was raised in Newburgh, where he was a scrappy young man with a pretty good left jab as well as an early appreciation of music and a love of singing. At the age of ten, he joined the boys’ choir at St. George’s Episcopal Church beginning what would amount to an 80 year run of choral singing.
Ed graduated in 1952 from SUNY New Paltz with a BS in Education, focusing on art and education. While there he met the love of his life, Floranne Norma Terwilliger. They were married shortly after graduation and were together over 60 years until Floranne’s passing in 2017. Ed joined the Air Force upon graduation from college and the happy couple spent the next twenty years raising a family of three children on or around various air bases, initially in England and subsequently across the U.S. in Texas, Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Alaska. Ed also served a year in Thailand during the Vietnam War where he was awarded a bronze star for meritorious leadership of an avionics squadron which maintained the most diverse, exotic, and closely monitored systems in the Air Force.
Upon retirement in 1972, Ed and Floranne settled in Cornwall-on-Hudson where he would spend the next half century, working as a real estate agent, broker and appraiser and also serving as Mayor of the Village for an unprecedented 26 consecutive years. As Mayor, Ed accomplished many things he was proud of, including significant improvements to the village’s water system, the creation of Donahue Park on the river with the shelter/gazebo, the purchase of the current Village Hall, DPW facility enhancements, the bandstand in the center of the Village, as well as sidewalks to enhance the walkability of the Village and significant beautification efforts including the planting of many trees.
Ed was very active in the local community including holding leadership positions at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Lion’s Club. He also enjoyed rounds of golf at Storm King and playing bridge with friends, and was a life-long Yankees fan. Ed also loved to paint, particularly landscapes of the Hudson River, and he and Floranne loved to travel the world keeping in touch with Air Force friends.
Ed was predeceased by his younger brother Gary N. Moulton and sister Dorothy Lee Moulton. He is survived by his three children and their spouses: Anne Elizabeth Parkhurst (husband David) of Gifford NH, Edward Curtis (‘Curt’) Moulton III (wife Janet) of Ossining NY, and Mary Lee Koch (husband Alan) of Myrtle Beach SC. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A service of Christian burial is scheduled for Saturday May 20, 2023 at 11:00am at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 66 Clinton Street, Cornwall NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s.
Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences, please go to www.Quigleybros.com