We are saddened to share that Edward E. Sheffield passed away on November 17, 2023 at the age of 83. Edward was one of our Past Presidents (1978-1979) in addition to our earliest member to date in our roster. Ed was very passionate about the Propeller Club and left a legacy behind him, which we will continue to honor every day.
Edward is survived by his best friend and wife of 60 years, Joan (Lewis). He also leaves behind a son Jason (Paula) of Apollo Beach, a daughter Amber Statham (Jimmy) of Cedar Key and a guardian son Terry Lambert (Angie) of Augusta, GA. He is also survived by his sidekick and grandson Oliver Sheffield of Apollo Beach, 3 extended grandchildren Madison, and Michael of Mississippi and Angelica of Ohio, Annabel Lennard and Family, as well as his 4-legged companions "Mollie", "Pepper", and "Levi". He is the son of the late Griggs and Dovie Sheffield of Ruskin and was the last surviving sibling of 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
He was a faithful member of the Ruskin Methodist Church. Born in Damascus, GA on September 7, 1940, Edward moved to Ruskin as an infant and was a member of East Bay High Schools's inaugural class of 1958. He was captain of both the basketball and baseball teams and was voted MVP in each. Edward was also selected "All Tampa Bay Conference" point gaurd and catcher in each respective sport. He was a very reliable person and was therefore, voted Most Reliable by his peers.Edward was Navy Veteran and Submariner, serving abroad the USS "TRUMPETFISH" (SS-425) as Yeoman 3rd Class (SS) from 1958 through 1961. For several years he held the office of President for the USS "TRUMPETFISH" VETERANS ASSOCIATION. His professional career spanned over a period of 47 years, all of which was Stevedoring, Vessel Agency, Marine Terminal and U.S. Marshall Custodial Business. He was an officer and director of 3 companies before being encouraged by several customers to open his own in 1984. He, along with his wife Joan, opened Apollo Stevedoring, Jason Shipping and Angus Worldwide, operating in the ports of Port Manatee, Tampa, Canaveral and Jacksonville. He was involved in several civic and professional organizations. Edward served in many positions of the International Propeller Club and held the position of President (Tampa) 1978-79 and the Inaugural President (Port Manatee) 2006-07. He received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his hard work, dedication and support of the maritime industry and in the development and growth of both the Ports of Tampa and Manatee. He was a kind, caring and giving man. Edward was a man of great integrity and inspiration who enriched the lives of those around him. He loved and was very dedicated to his wife, family and many friends and associates.
We will miss him deeply and we will always remember him proudly with our love and admiration.
Funeral Services will be Friday, November 24, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Ruskin Methodist Church. Visitation will be prior from 10 -11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Building Department, Ruskin Methodist Church, P.O. Box 745 Ruskin, FL 33575.