Calvin L. Close, age 91, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at AHN St. Vincent Hospital. He was born on June 17, 1931 in Chicago, IL, to the late Elizabeth Reed Close West and Frank Close.
Cal graduated from Fairview High School and was a member of the Fairview Fire Department. He also spent 8 years in the Naval Reserves. On May 21, 1960, he married the love of his life, Connie Holder Close, or “Tweetsie”, as he affectionately called her, and they lived in Waterford, PA for 60 years before moving to Summit Township.
Cal retired from Nabisco in 1993 after 40 years of employment. A man with a servant’s heart, Cal spent his retirement years volunteering with CHOSEN, a ministry working to advance Christian healthcare in economically deprived countries. He also helped organize the annual golf tournament which raised significant funds benefiting The Refuge, a family shelter in Erie, and was involved in Koinonia of Erie County (K59). Many Waterford Township residents looked forward to seeing Cal as he helped Connie at the Election polls.
In 2015, Fort LeBoeuf School District inducted Cal into their Wall of Fame, recognizing him as a “Super Fan”. He was an avid hunter and loved playing cards. What brought the most joy to his life was spending time with his grandchildren.
He was a faithful member of Summit United Methodist Church where he sang in the church choir and served on numerous boards/committees. He was instrumental in the planning of the United Methodist Men’s Lenten Breakfasts.
Besides his parents, Cal was preceded in death by his step-father Clifford West, brothers John Thomas Close and Harold Close, and a dearly loved grandson, Jonathan Eby (J3).
He is survived by his wife, Connie; son Chris (Christine) Close of Freedom, PA; daughters Carol (Carl) Eby and Cathy (Mark) Kaday both of North East, PA; grandchildren- Becca (Jay) Funyak of Fleming Island, FL, Erin (Adam) Wright of Germany, Megan (Dylan) Shearer of Freedom, PA, Lauren (Hunter) Rosenberg of Charlotte, NC; Joshua Eby of Charlotte, NC, Justin Eby of Mechanicsburg, PA, Jessica Eby of Mechanicsburg, PA; Jeffrey Kaday of Tucson, AZ, Nathan Kaday of North East, PA and Ryan Kaday of Erie, PA; 7 great-grandchildren- Jaxon, Avery, Alivia, Ansley, Anna, Everett, and Tessa; and a brother, David Close (Bernice) of Youngsville, PA.
Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Sunday, November 6th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Friends may also visit at Summit United Methodist Church on Monday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Summit United Methodist Church, 1510 Townhall Road West, Erie, PA 16509, or Perry Hi-Way Hose Company, 8281 Oliver Road, Erie, PA 16509.