It is with a heavy heart that we inform you, our founder and First Executive Director, Ed Lowry, passed away Sunday night April 12, 2015.

Mr. Lowry was not only the founding father of VMC, but one of the first veteran advocates in the city of Philadelphia to bring awareness to the lack of services offered those returning from military service. We will always remember his passion and dedication to our mission.




Obituary of Edward Lowry

Edward John Lowry, age 71, died on April 12, 2015 after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.


Ed was born and raised in Kensington, the son of John and Alice Lowry. He attended St. Hugh parish grade school and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1962. While at North Catholic, Ed played on the school soccer team and was selected All Catholic and All Scholastic in his senior year. The team won the 1960 and 1961 Catholic League Championship. Ed was inducted into the Northeast Catholic Alumni Soccer Hall of Fame on March 29, 2015.


Ed volunteered for military service with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era (09/63-09/65). While in the Army he served with the 2nd Infantry Division, the 11th Air Assault Division. Ed ended his Army service in September 1965, serving with the Headquarters Battery, 77th Artillery, 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division.


Upon leaving the military, Ed served as a Police Officer in Philadelphia from April 1966 until October 1974. In 1980, while serving as Director of Veteran Affairs at Bucks County Community College, Ed received his Masters of Education Degree from the College of the State of New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University with a major emphasis in Psychology/Criminology/Social Pathology.


Ed is the founding Director of the Vietnam Veterans Multi-Service Center, known today as the Veterans Multi-Service Center, Inc. Ed has advocated on behalf of veterans for 37 years. At the time of Ed's retirement in 2012, the Center served over 65,000 homeless, disabled or unemployed veterans, providing onsite training, and placing over 12,000 of these vets in meaningful jobs.


Ed was one of the founding fathers of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Penn's Landing dedicated to the 646 Philadelphians who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. In 2002, Ed was appointed to the national Veterans Employment and Training Committee by U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao. He served on this committee for 4 years.


Ed lived life to the fullest and enjoyed boating, golfing, hunting and vacationing in Wildwood, NJ. Most of all he enjoyed time spent with family and his many friends.


Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Halligan Lowry, Two daughters: Patricia and Allison Lowry, two sons: Edward Lowry, Jr. and his wife Lisa, and Michael Lowry and his wife Jennifer. He is the beloved grandfather of 8. Anthony and Matthew Morelli, Kaeleb and Payten Lowry, Edward John III, Gabriella, Gianna, and Lia Lowry. Also survived by sisters Jacqueline Sander (George), Kathleen Streff, Patricia Addison, and brother John Lowry (Kathleen) and many nieces and nephews. Brother of the late Joan Lindsey (David).


Viewing will be Thursday 6-9 PM at Kirk & Nice Suburban Chapel, 333 County Line Road, Feasterville, PA 19053. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 AM at Assumption BVM, 1900 Meadowbrook Road, Feasterville, PA 19053. Interment in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation "Tim's Troop", 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 208 Broomall PA 19008 .


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Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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