Edward was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
|The day Bud met Millie Bartlett|
In the summer of 1942 I worked as a dietitian and cook at a summer health camp. Cal was head counselor and Joyce helped me in the kitchen. Bud was general handyman. Well, great grandma Bartlett (2 greats for the kids) died + I set out to go to the funeral. I was in an accident and never got there. My folks were worried about me. (I was hurt some but really O.K.) My sisters and Alice were sent up to camp to check me out. This could be the first time Millie and Bud met. If they hadn't, where would you be?
Bud + Millie had both graduated from high school that year. Soon after Bud enlisted in the Coast Guard.
Edward enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on December 3, 1942, and went into active duty on January 27, 1943. He served three years in the European, African, Asiatic, and Pacific Campaigns on the U.S.S. Bangor (Patrol Frigate PF-16). When he was discharged he went home to live with his parents until he got married.
He was a Mason and a Shriner (Aurora Lodge of Masons, Harris Council, Thomas Royal Arch Chapter, Jerusalem Commandery No. 19, Aleppo Temple Shrine and the Fitchburg-Leominster Shrine Club), a member of the Greater Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the United Parish Church in Lunenburg.
Edward and Al were friends and partners in many entrepreneurial ventures. The first one was selling Christmas trees. For a number of years they bought booths at the "Big E" expo in Springfield, Mass, and sold items such as spice racks, wood stain, and rings made from horseshoe nails.
Edward died at the age of 57 from heart failure, in his home on White Street. He is buried in North Cemetery in Lunenburg.
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