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Edward Dow Obituary
Edward F. Dow of Buzzards Bay died peacefully, in his sleep, May 13, 2013 surrounded by his family at the age of 89. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Eleanor (Gillis). He was born in Framingham, MA., one of twelve children of the late Perley & Elsie (Bassett) Dow. Elsie was a direct descendent of the Mayflower and Perley, a direct descendent of the second ship, the Fortune. Edward attended Framingham public schools, followed by his enlistment in the United States Navy (Pacific Fleet) in 1943. Four of his brothers enlisted, on the same day, in various branches of the military. Ed served in WWII on the USS San Pablo and was honorable discharged in 1946. He received numerous honors including the Purple Heart Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. He worked as a carpenter at Commonwealth Gas Company for 35 years, retiring May 1982. During his career, he and his wife "Ellie" owned and operated the Farmers Exchange, built two homes on the Cape and ran countless neighborhood parties. He loved fishing, clamming, gardening and being with family and friends. He was an active life member of the American Legion Post 188 of Sandwich, Aptuxcet VFW Post 5988 of Bourne and the Falmouth Lodge of Elks #2380. His enthusiasm for life will be long remembered at St Margarets church, for his assistance with ushering and Beano. Edward is also survived by his sister (Gladys Gibbs), six children and their spouses (Julie Witzel, Jean Dow, Joan Stone, Marilyn Stirk, Edward Dow Jr. Eleanor Chiccarelli), ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is now joining one predeceased grandchild. Visitation Wednesday May 15th, 4pm-7pm, at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne. Memorial Service Thursday May 16th, 9:30am, at St. Margarets Church at 141 Main St, Buzzards Bay. Burial to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery (Off Connery Avenue) in Bourne, MA 02532. Donations can be made to Hospice foundations and the Department of Veterans Affairs, who work with homeless and needy veterans.

Published in MetroWest Daily News on May 15, 2013
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