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      February 26, 2002:

-ABC Past-President Sweeney Dies

02/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      American Bowling Congress Past-President Life Member Edwin W. Sweeney of St. Louis died Feb. 21 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 83.

      Sweeney, who served as ABC's 74th president during the 1987-88 season, was the son of St. Louis bowling proprietor and Women's International Bowling Congress founder Dennis Sweeney. Ed Sweeney got his start in bowling when he recruited competitors to form one of St. Louis' first youth leagues. As a young adult, he became active with the St. Louis Bowling Association, taking tournament scores to the local newspaper by streetcar.

      After working his way up through the ranks in the St. Louis and Missouri Bowling Associations, Sweeney was elected to the ABC Board of Directors in 1968 and became a vice president in 1977. He also served as president of the former American Junior Bowling Congress for six years.

      Sweeney was an outstanding athlete. He competed in the 1941 National Rowing Regatta and played guard on both offense and defense for the University of Missouri's 1941 Sugar Bowl football team. He left school to serve four years in the United States Army during World War II, returning to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. After college, he worked for 28 years in the heating and air conditioning business before retiring in 1987. He also was a long-time football referee.

      Sweeney is survived by his wife Kay, brother Bob, and children Edward Jr., Kevin, Mary Connelly, Maureen Heine and Sheila Mueller along with 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

      He was interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

      The family requests any memorial donations be sent to: Ed Sweeney Scholarship Fund c/o the Greater St. Louis Bowling Association, 1700 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63117.


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