Edward A. Kernan, 71, J.C. Penney supervisor

July 06, 2002

Edward A. Kernan, a retired J.C. Penney maintenance supervisor and devotee of Maryland hard crabs, died of liver cancer Sunday at his Hebron home. He was 71.

Mr. Kernan who was born in Baltimore and raised on Lafayette Avenue, graduated in 1949 from Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington.

In 1952, Mr. Kernan and his partner, Eddie Khulman, established Arbutus TV Repair on Edmondson Avenue and later moved the business to East Drive in Arbutus. He sold the business in 1980.

During the 1970s and 1980s, he also worked for Toledo Scale Co. maintaining the companies' scales. In the early 1990s he joined J.C. Penney, where he was supervisor of maintenance at the company's store in The Centre at Salisbury. He retired in 1996.

Mr. Kernan's great joy in life was eating steamed Maryland crabs.

"I think that was his hobby. He loved crabs and the Eastern Shore," said his wife of 22 years, the former Molly Allison. "He's being buried wearing his tie with red crabs, and we're putting a crab mallet and tin of Old Bay seasoning in his coffin."

Mr. Kernan also was interested in his family genealogy and collected and sold Currier & Ives calendars.

He was a member of the Moose.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered yesterday at St. Francis deSales Roman Catholic Church in Salisbury.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kernan is survived by two sons, Edward W. Kernan of Catonsville and Michael L. Kernan of Hebron; Mary E. Smith of Littlestown, Pa.; a brother, James Kernan of Ellicott City; a sister, Sister Ann Kernan of Monticello, Ky.; two stepsons, Kevin B. Herr of Catonsville and Mark L. Herr of Seven Valleys, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Iva A. Gunther of Easton and Lori Ann Herr of Catonsville; and five grandchildren.

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