Edward J. Gorski Sr. passed away in his 86th year on March 12 in Stafford.
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Born in Chicopee, Mass., on May 16, 1927, son of the late Thomas and Anna Gorski, Ed was a longtime Hampden resident. His first job after graduating from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture was as a forest steward in Kremmling, Colo. He left the woods to work at the Springfield Armory, where he met his beloved wife, the late Mary Germain. After moving to Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut, he progressed from skilled trades to management. He returned to school earning his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from Western New England University. He retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft after 34 years. Education was paramount to Ed. He was extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of his small family, speaking often of 15 university degrees, including one doctorate and five masters. Ed was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the USCGC Bramble. He was a communicant of St. Mary Parish and member of the American Legion, Connecticut Post 101. He was an ardent gardener and outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, and fly fishing, tying all his own flies. In retirement, he devoted significant time to town politics, an avid contributor to the Board of Education to ensure the best possible education for the town's children.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mary, he is predeceased by siblings, Joseph Gorski, Stanley Gorski, Helen Wojnicki, and Isabelle Renfrow. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Gorski of Hampden, Mass., Edward Gorski Jr. and wife, Laurie, of Somers, Sarah Gorski and fiance, Robert Germain, of Springfield; brother, Major Gen. Chester Gorski (retired), of Cummington, Mass. The lights of his life were his grandchildren, David Gorski and Thomas Gorski, both of Somers. He also leaves many nephews and nieces and his longtime special friend, Alene Jahn.
Visiting hours are Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Sampson's Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield.
The funeral is Monday, March 17, 2014, beginning at Sampson's Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church, Somers Road, Hampden. Cemetery committal services will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to Stand Up 2 Cancer
or The Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040.
Sampson Chapel Of The Acres
21 Tinkham Rd Springfield, MA 01129
Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 14 to Mar. 18, 2014