BEDFORD - Edward J. Fahey Jr., 80, of Bedford, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, encircled by his wife and children, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brave battle with cancer.
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"Ed" was born on May 29, 1933, in Chicago to Catherine and Edward J. Fahey of Glen Ellyn, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois (Champagne) and Quincy College in Quincy, Ill. Ed moved East to join the military and here met his beloved wife Charlotte (Fournier) Fahey at Fort Devens, Mass. They married in 1957 and remained by each other's side for 56 years, until the moment of his passing.
After being honorably discharged, Ed joined New Hampshire Insurance Company and worked as a Marine Underwriter until he retired in 1992. He also served in the New Hampshire Army National Guard, and attained the rank of Master Sergeant until retiring in 1988.
Ed loved his family by serving them always and faithfully. When not tending to their needs with wit and humor, he enjoyed cars, traveling, photography, bowling and exercising his unique talent to fix broken things and to make old things new. Ed gave freely of everything he had, and was one of those rare people who did what he said he would do, usually at the expense of his own time and interests, which he would - and did - readily forsake for others. His tenacity and work ethic were rivaled only by his hospitality and honesty.
Ed is survived by his loving and devoted wife Charlotte; their four adoring children, in-laws, and eight grandchildren, Edward J. Fahey III, his wife, Angela, and son, Bronson of York, Maine, Michelle F. Fortin of Bow and her four children, Eric, Brooke, Colby and Andrea, Todd C. Fahey, his wife, Lois, of Bow and their children, Kieran and Dana and Craig M. Fahey, his wife, Laura, of Bedford and their son Jake. He also leaves two sisters, Susan Wagner of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. and Margaret Hult of Largo, Fla.; and his brother, Robert Fahey, of Peoria, Ill.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, where Ed and Charlotte have been parishioners since 1967.
Committal prayers and military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen.
Memorial donations may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 03054.
To send a message of condolence visit lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 20, 2013