HOOSICK FALLS, NY Edward Hackett, 76, died suddenly Friday, May 23, after a long illness. Lifelong residents of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., he and his wife of 53 years, Barbara, were also winter residents of Naples, Fla., since retirement. Ed owned and operated several local bars and restaurants for many years. When Ed left the restaurant business he went to work for various milk processing companies, as a dairy inspector. His personality was well suited for both of those careers and he quickly gained friendship and affection of most people he met, both young and old. He gained another new batch of loyal friends while living in Florida. Ed earned a reputation as one of the most consistently good shuffleboard players on his team. Survivors, other than his wife, are his sons, Joseph Hackett and Kevin Button (Robin); his daughter, Loreen Hackett, all of Hoosick Falls; grandchildren, Nicole Aldrich (Josh), Tori (Victoria) Hackett, Owen Hackett, and Darcie Hackett; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Corey Aldrich. Ed was also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews, including one cousin to whom he was a substitute dad, John Waitekus. FUNERAL NOTICE: Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, on Saturday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Rensselaer County Hospice through the funeral home.