AMHERST - Edward Robert Pierce, 91, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Baystate Hospital in Springfield, following a brief illness.
He was married June 4, 1949, to his beloved wife of 65 years, Virginia Louise (Julian) Pierce.
He was born June 15, 1922, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to the late Coleman E. and Nona G. (Porter) Pierce, and would have celebrated his 92nd birthday this year.
He graduated from the St. Stephen High School, Canada, and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving overseas until the end of World War II. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He worked as a quality control officer in the aviation industry in the U.S., and Canada, until his retirement.
Edward was an avid skydiver for many years with the Sky Knights, and a member of the Auxiliary Police Force in Enfield, Conn.
Edward is survived, and will be deeply missed by his wife Virginia.
He was predeceased by his two children, Robert Pierce and Marilyn (Pierce) Costantino, his brother Coleman V. Pierce and his brother-in-law Raymond Cornish.
He is survived by his grandson Paul Costantino and his wife Melissa; two great-grandsons, Michael and Joseph of Long Island, N.Y.; his sister Christina Cornish of Littleton; his sister-in-law Marion Pierce of St. Stephen, Canada; his sister-in-law Barbara Carpenter and her husband Allan of Amherst; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Burial will be private. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 13, 2014