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AMHERST - Edwin "Ed" LaSalle, 91, beloved husband of Ann (Childs) LaSalle for 64 years, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. Born in Northampton on Aug. 22, 1922, he was the son of the late Arthur and Bessie (Hillman) LaSalle.
Ed grew up in North Hadley and was active in 4-H. He was class president of the class of 1941 at Hopkins Academy.
Ed was a veteran of World War II and was trained at Fort Jackson. After training, he was schooled at the Citadel in South Carolina and New York University. He was assigned to the 329th Combat Engineer, 104th Infantry, "The Timberwolves." Deployed to Europe, his outfit landed on Normandy Beach D-Day +4. Ed saw action through France and Germany including the "Battle of the Bulge."
Upon returning home he worked at Pro Brush in Florence, where he met his future wife, Ann. They were married April 4, 1949. They purchased their home in Amherst in 1955.
Ed was a linotype operator for H.I. Newell Printing for 23 years. He retired from UMass as an HVAC Technician.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his son David and his partner Wayne Johnson of Provincetown; his brother Charles LaSalle of Needham; and his sister Lois LaSalle of Glastonbury, Conn. He was predeceased by his daughter Linda.
The family would like to offer special thanks to Leslie Crouse and Ronald Holcomb for their continued care and support.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the North Hadley Cemetery. The obituary and memorial register can be found at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 21, 2014