Edward Earl Fenlon, 63, who had been in the retail liquor business in Washington since the end of World War II and was active in athletic and veterans organizations, died of cancer Friday at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Fenlon had been manager of the Georgetown Wine & Cheese Shop in Washington for the past three years. Prior to that, he had managed a number of liquor stores in Washington. He had owned and operated Benjamin Franklin Liquors near the corner of 17th and K streets NW from about 1957 to 1963.

He was a member of the Touchdown Club and the Columbia Forum. He also was a member of the Notre Dame Club of Washington, which named him its man of the year at one time in the 1940s.

He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and later received an ecclesiastical medal from the Vatican as one of seven brothers in the same family to serve in the military during the war. Mr. Fenlon was a founder of chapter No. 13 of the AMVETS in Washington and also belonged to the Catholic War Veterans.

He had been a resident of Silver Spring for the past 28 years and attended St. Bernardette's Catholic Church there.

Mr. Fenlon was born in Cheboygan, Mich., and was reared there and in Ffredericksburg, Virginia. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity quarterback of the football team and was in the class of 1941.

Surviviors include his wife, Katheryn I. of Silver Spring; three sons, Timothy, of Adelphi, and Sheldon and Daniel, both of Silver Spring; four daughters, Maureen James of Sykesville, Md., Coleen Coda of Laytonsville, and Sharon and Kathryn M., both of Silver Spring; a sister, Lillian Page of Clearwater, Fla.; six brothers, John, of Fredericksburg, Frank, of Cheboygan, Mich., Leonard, of Beverly Hills, Fla., Robert, of Clearwater, Raymond, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Patrick, of Thomasville, Ga., and two grandchildren.