Edward J. Salichs, 88

SSA claims examiner

November 07, 2006

Edward Jose Salichs, a retired Social Security Administration claims examiner and World War II veteran, died of complications from bypass surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center Friday. The longtime Fullerton resident was 88.

Mr. Salichs was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of a civil engineer and contractor. In the mid-1920s, he moved to New York City and earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.

He moved to Baltimore and became a clerk for the SSA, then located in the Candler Building. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was assigned as a clerk in the Pacific. He returned to Social Security after the war, and retired in 1973.

"We both met at the Social Security Administration. He had Spanish records and I had a phonograph," said his wife of 56 years, the former Margaret R. Hayes, a retired U.S. Defense Department contract clerk.

From 1973 to 1986, Mr. Salichs had a part-time job at Overlea High School, where he oversaw the laundering of athletic uniforms and filmed sporting events with his movie camera.

An accomplished oil painter, Mr. Salichs' subject matter included seascapes and horses. He was a racing fan and had attended the Kentucky Derby several times. He also was an avid golfer and member of the Eagles Golf Club of the American Legion. He was a member of both the VFW and American Legion posts in Parkville. "He was an active 88 and still playing golf," his wife said.

Mr. Salichs was a member of the Holy Names Society and a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is also survived by two nephews.

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