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Edwin H. 'Eddie' Krupkin

May 14, 2017

Edwin H. 'Eddie' KrupkinEdwin H. Krupkin, 80, formerly of Watertown, passed away at his home in Zephyrhills, FL on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

The funeral will be held at Degel Israel Synagogue on Sunday, May 21, with Anita Brown, Lay Leader, presiding at 10AM with burial following in the synagogue's cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Eddie was born in Watertown on October 3, 1936, son of Louis and Ora Ruth (Gittleman) Krupkin. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and Canton ATC. He served in the Army Reserves as a military policeman.

On September 8, 1966 he married Patricia Davis in Watertown and she passed on April 6, 1991. Eddie later married Patricia J. (LaChance ) Carbone on April 25, 1997 at the Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

For 52 years he was the owner and operator of the Apex Army & Navy Store on Public Square until his retirement in 2009. The family business had been started in 1897 by his grandfather, Benjamin Krupkin, on Court St. and later operated by his father, Louis. He had been a member of Degel Israel Synagogue, Kiwanis Club of Watertown, Downtown Business Association, American Legion Post 61's Color Guard, and Cosmopolitan Dance Club. In his early years, Eddie was a YMCA State Wrestling Champion and later in life he participated in various 5K and 10K races. Golf was his passion and he had also been a member of the Watertown Golf Club. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren, his dogs, and his wife, Pat. Eddie will always be remembered for his generosity to his customers, his friends, his community, and his family.

Along with his wife, Pat, Eddie is survived by his two children, Stephen D. Krupkin and wife, Elizabeth, Evanston, IL and Nicole Harrington and companion, Michael McCarty, Watertown; his wife's three children, Carmen Carbone and wife, Katrina, Watertown, Donald Carbone, Zephrhills, FL, and Angela Clanton and husband, Art, Annapolis MD; eleven grandchildren; his brother, Sidney Krupkin and wife, Susan, Sarasota,FL; his sister, Carole Koenig and husband, Harvey, Syracuse; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His brother, Stuart, and a stepson Christopher Wilson both died before him.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in his name to Gulfside Hospice, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639. Online condolences to Eddie's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#18 Michelle Krupkin 2017-05-21 06:46
I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Eddie's passing. He was an exceptionally kind man who enjoyed his family and friends. Always quick with a smile or a laugh and generous of heart to his community.

I am sorry to miss the service but send my love and condolences to cousin Steve, cousin Nikki and Aunt Pat and my Aunt Carole and Uncle Harvey and Uncle Sidney and Aunt Susan and all their families.
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#17 Barb Stress-Claytor 2017-05-20 02:14
Dear Pat;
I am very sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. The last time I saw you both was at our High School reunion. You both looked so very happy and I was glad to see you. May HE comfort you and give you Peace at this time. Eddie will always be with you Pat.
Barb Stress-Claytor
Albuquerque, NM
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#16 Rose Medwick Crupi 2017-05-19 23:19
Pat and Family,
Thinking of you and sending condolences on your loss..
Remember the good times.
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#15 Kate Dickson 2017-05-19 21:03
I loved going into the store over the decades and visiting with Mr. Krupkin. He was a supporter of local organizations. He raised awareness downtown for religious freedom. His work ethic and knowledge were amazing. Deepest sympathy to all his beloved family and friends.
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#14 fred feldman 2017-05-19 15:50
A good man and a great friend who treated every one with honor. Nikki and Stephen, you were lucky to have him for a father.
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#13 Marcy Newman 2017-05-19 11:50
My sincerest sympathies to the family of Eddie. Having lost my own dad recently, I understand the feelings you are going through, and wish you peace in finding comfort. I bought my favorite coat from Eddie many years ago. As a little girl, I knew his brother Stuart when I lived in North Syracuse. I was so confused when, as an adult, I moved to Watertown and first saw the stained glass window in Congregation Degel Israel, of the man I knew down there, and then met Eddie; the window shows the spitting image of Stuart as well as Eddie. "Perhaps they aren't just stars, but windows to Heaven through which our loved ones shine down to let us know we are not alone." Peace and comfort to you all. Marcy
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#12 Don and Sue Gould 2017-05-19 11:47
Nikki, So sorry for the loss of your dad, I know how much you loved him. Thinking of you at this sad time..sending hugs and love..
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#11 Karen Peebles 2017-05-18 08:28
Nikki: Am so sorry to read of your dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...Loved going in to The Store on the Square. Love and Hugs to you my friend..xo
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#10 Sunday Heuser 2017-05-18 01:06
So sorry for the loss of your Dad Steve. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
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#9 Tom Swartz 2017-05-17 23:21
To Stevie, Nicole, and Pat, I wish you joy in remembering one of the kindest men I knew. His friendship was a privilege, his easy smile a constant memory.
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