Died: September 24, 1996
Married: Juanita Hayman Worthington
Children: Janet Worthington Dudones
Edward Hedden Worthington, Jr. came as a patient to Trudeau Sanatorium, where he met his wife, a nurse. He was active in rehabilitation activities such as radio, and later headed the X-ray Program at the Saranac Lake Study and Craft Guild. After his release from Trudeau Sanatorium, he and Nita bought the only Lustron House built here, on Petrova Avenue. They were among the rare former TB patients who had children, and their daughter Janet became the pet of many of her parents' friends with arrested TB. Ed was an active hunter and was an officer of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce. The TB Reunions that Historic Saranac Lake held in the late 1980s and early 1990s were originally Ed's idea.
He stayed in the Eleanor Phoenix Memorial Cottage.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, September 26, 1996
Edward 'Ed' Worthington Jr.
Born, Oct. 2, 1909, in Dansville, he was the son of Edward H. and Janet Norton (Burnett) Worthington, Sr. He married Juanita Hayman Sept. 1, 1937 in Montreal. She died May 18, 1989.
Mr. Worthington was a longtime resident of Saranac Lake and first came here to cure for tuberculosis in 1934. He owned and operated his own golf course maintenance and supply business here for more than 60 years. He graduated from high school in Stroudsburg, Penn. in 1929, and was the first Boy Scout to reach the rank of Eagle Scout in northeastern Pennsylvania. He later attended LeHigh University from 1929 to 1932, majoring in industrial engineering. Prior to his move to Saranac Lake, he was a representative for the Worthington Mower Company, his family's business. He was the supervisor of apprentice training in the Saranac Lake public schools for 10 years. He was also associated for 19 years as a radio instructor in radiological physics for the Saranac Lake Rehabilitation Guild. He served four years on the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees, and helped to reorganize the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce where he served as first president.
He was a past president of the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club; past president of the Adirondack Conservation Council; past vice president of the New York State Conservation Council; Red Cross Fund campaign chairman for two years, and first chairman of the local Red Cross Blood Bank; past president of the Saranac Lake Lions Club; a member of the Saranac Lake Elks Club BPOE 1508; a member of the Saranac Lake Adult Center; and was active in the Adirondack Railroad revitalization efforts. He was also active in and honored by area and state organizations for golf course superintendents; In 1980, he was awarded the citation of merit by the New York State Turfgrass Association. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, golf, computers, skiing, radio, photography, and other outdoor sports. He was a longtime patron of the Alice's Restaurant 10am coffee klatch.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Dudones of Saranac Lake; a granddaughter, Jennifer Dudones of Tempe, Ariz., a grandson, David Dudones of Saranac Lake; a half-brother, Henry Rossiter Worthington of Shawnee-on-Delaware, Penn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, with a Lions Club service at 8:30 p.m. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation and interment will follow in ["St. Bernard's Cemetery.
From time to time, on this page, we want to tell of some of the young people of America who serve their neighbors. People like Ed Worthington, of Saranac Lake. N. Y., the Adirondack town where so many victims of tuberculosis go to seek health.
Ed's life is a fight against tuberculosis. That disease killed his mother and thereby cut short Ed's education at Lehigh University. Then tuberculosis got Ed, too—five times in the next eight years. Bedfast and broke, he became interested in radio. During the years on his back, Ed supported himself by repairing radio sets right in bed. At the same time, Ed trained himself in electrical engineering.
Today, his vigor back, Ed teaches what he learned in those years and what he teaches is a vital part of America's fight against tuberculosis. If you've had a free examination in one of the chest X-ray mobile units operated by official health-agencies or by the tuberculosis associations, the chances are you owe it indirectly to a group in Saranac Lake—the Crafts and Study Guild— which trains most of those units operators. Ed is one of the directors of the Guild and one of the teachers.
The Guild is run mostly by young people who have had tuberculosis. They know that getting a decent job again after being sick is a vital part of total cure. The Guild helps with that rehabilitation, offering the convalescents training in many things, from stenography to X-ray work.
Ed and his associates at the Guild have trained almost 400 of these mobile-unit operators. That's a large contribution toward fighting tuberculosis. But, further, almost all of them are ex-patients, young men and women, once sick and depressed, now happily employed in a new and profitable career for which Ed and the Guild have trained them.
Once a month, Ed still must report for treatment which keeps one of his lungs collapsed. Yet he finds time for work in almost every civic group in Saranac Lake. He is happily married and the father of one child, and he grins at the memory of tools, soldering-irons, and broken radios on a sick bed. He says: "After you're sick, you can always do things if you have time and strength. It's funny how you can find time and strength if you want to."
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, undated clipping (c. 1950)
ED VERSUS RED
There are 1435 Republicans qualified to vote today in the Harrietstown primary election.
It doesn't make too much difference whether or not everyone votes for the candidates for the offices of town clerk, councilman, superintendent, justices of the peace, assessor or school director—they are unopposed.
But there is a contest—for the office of Supervisor—in which everyone should be interested. Both contestants Ed Worthington and Red Plumadore—are GOOD candidates. Both are well-known (and maybe we should say popular rather than well-known. There are many persons who are well-known… for NOT doing the right things in life. These men DO the right things.) Both are educated men, conscientious men, able men, and both are vitally interested in the welfare of the town and the village.
Ed Worthingtun is making his first plunge into polities. Red Plumadore, seeking re-election to the $3,000-a-year post, is a seasoned campaigner in comparison. That, naturally, would seem to give Red an advantage over Ed. But Ed Worthington's supporters are confident. Red Plumadore, who "stands on his record in office," says, "It's going to be close."
We know of one sure vote for Worthington—Worthington's. We know of one sure vote for Plumadore—Plumadore's. That leaves 1433 voters qualified to cast their ballots. We hope that every one of them goes to the polls.
It's good to have competition in an election—particularly when both candidates are GOOD candidates.
May the best man win.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 5, 1935
Reception Given Countess
Countess de la Riviere who has been visiting her husband Count Albert Maurice Georges Garnay de la Riviere, at Kerbs cottage, Trudeau was the guest of honor at a reception given by their many friends last Friday evening. Among those present were. Dr. Donald R. Sparkman, Dr. W. J. Keefe, James Holahan, Hobert Ackeman, Senor Jose Guerra, David X. Cohen, Edward A. O'Hare, George Maulmiester, Edward Hedden Worthington, Jr., Geheimrat Wilhhelm Mosandl, Eugene Menga, and Charles E. Iliff.