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Edwin F. Royston, football player, dies

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Edwin F. Royston, who played two years as a guard for the New York Giants in the late 1940s and was a shipbuilding executive, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Seaside Park, N.J. He was 87 and had lived in Highlandtown.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Macon Street, he was a 1941 graduate of Patterson Park High School, where he played football. He was nominated for the 1940 Unsung Hero Award. While at the school, he met his future wife, the former Virginia Garner.

He served in the Navy during World War II and then earned a physics degree from Wake Forest University, where he was named All Southern guard in 1947 and co-captain of the team. He was initially drafted by the Chicago Cardinals and later signed a contract with the New York Giants. He played in 21 games in the 1948 and 1949 seasons.

Mr. Royston initially worked for the Maryland Drydock Co. and later was a sales representative for Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. in Hoboken, N.J. He was employed for nearly 50 years and resided in Bergenfield, N.J.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Union Church of Seaside Park, 47 Fourth Ave., Seaside Park, N.J.

Survivors include a son, Craig Royston of Bergenfield; two daughters, Linda Nielsen of Jupiter, Fla., and Jane Zazopoulos of West Milford, N.J.; a sister, Loretta Sparks of Glen Arm; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife of 60 years died in 2007.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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