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A. Edward Bayuk, 98, Cigar-Company Executive

October 20, 2005
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A. Edward "Eddie" Bayuk, 98, an executive in the family business, the Bayuk Cigar Company, which was known for its Phillies and Garcia Vega cigar brands, died Oct. 2 at his home in Huntingdon Valley.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bayuk served as an Army captain in the Intelligence Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater of Operations as an aerial photo interpreter.

He donated the war photographs, along with other Army memorabilia, to the Willow Grove Free Library, which exhibits them annually.

Bayuk was one of the first members of the Willow Grove library. His library-card number was "4." He became a member of the board, and went on to become president.

Known to the children in his neighborhood as "Mr. B.," every Saturday for more than 10 years the kids came over to play on his lawn. He made sure they all had library cards and, during weekly trips to the library, made sure they used them.

Bayuk is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, the former Barbara "Bobbie" Selverne Polin; daughter Linda Polin Rizvi; sons Curt Lewis and Daniel Polin; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Wilson, in 1968.

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