Bradford County Commissioner Ed Bustin of Sayre dies at the age of 59


UPDATE: The Bradford County Commissioner’s Office has released a statement regarding the passing of County Commissioner Ed Bustin on Sunday.

It is with very heavy hearts we share our sadness in the passing of our colleague Ed Bustin at the age of 59. This devoted friend, father, husband and grandfather’s life was suddenly cut short yesterday afternoon.

Ed was appointed Bradford County Commissioner to fulfill the term of Mark Smith in 2015, when Commissioner Smith resigned his position to work in the Governor’s office. Ed quickly became involved in the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, National Association of Counties, and many local boards and committees. In January 2020 he was sworn in to his 2nd full term as county commissioner.

Ed was passionate about his service to our county. His involvement in community service spans most of his adult life, from coaching soccer to his service as a first responder, firefighter and EMT. He was a dedicated and committed public servant whose advocacy for the most vulnerable populations was unwavering. Ed was always focused on helping others. He was a voice for the voiceless while involved with the programs to help the mentally ill and those with addiction.

Ed often was referred to as the voice of reason, the one who could quickly make others see the big picture and the details. He would share his opinion, even if it wasn’t popular. If he didn’t agree with you he always spoke his mind professionally and positively. He was a true leader, respected by his peers as well as his employees. His care and accomplishments will positively affect Bradford County for many years.

Ed took great pride in his family and especially his grandson. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Terry, his three sons and his grandson.


SAYRE, Pa. (WETM) – Bradford County Commissioner Ed Bustin has passed away at the age of 59, according to Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman on Sunday. Carman pronounced Bustin dead at 5:39 p.m. at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

According to his biography on the Bradford County’s website,
In 2015, Ed Bustin was appointed by Bradford County President Judge Maureen Beirne to complete the unexpired term of Commissioner Mark Smith. Ed has an associate’s degree in fire science technology.

He has a long history of service as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Bradford County. Ed also serves or has served, on several boards of directors, including the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority, NY-Penn Leadership, and Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services.

Before his appointment to the County Commissioners, Ed worked for 15 years as the Safety, Health and Environmental Manager for Masco Cabinetry in Athens Township.

The biography continues with, Ed worked at the Robert Packer Hospital for 18 years, starting as an orderly, and ending his career at Guthrie as the Manager of Safety and Security. Ed lives in Sayre with his wife, Terry, who is an Athens Area School District Teacher.

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