Edmund "Ed" Joseph Surdel, 86, of Vernon, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
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Ed was the son of the late Andrew and Sophia (Hudzik) Surdel, and was born in Rockville. He lived in the area his entire life and attended local schools, including Manchester Community College. He was a Merchant Marine and Marine Corps veteran, serving his country proudly in the South Pacific during World War II. At the end of the war, Ed was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a production engineer and foreman until he retired in 1987. Ed was known as "Mr. Fix It" because of his ability to fix anything, and his love of lending a helping hand to family and friends. He was a volunteer for numerous children's sporting organizations, as well as a volunteer usher at his parish, Sacred Heart Church in Vernon. Ed enjoyed music, baseball, travel, reading, and most of all, time with the family.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 57 years, Therese "Teri" (Malboeuf) Surdel. He is also survived by sons Paul Surdel (Debbie Dutkiewicz) of Manchester, Greg Surdel of West Hartford, and Douglas Surdel (Melissa) of Fort Worth, Texas. Ed also leaves his grandchildren, Brian, Rachel, Michael, Caitlyn, and Emily Surdel, as well as Jeffrey Bowers and Carrie Thibodeau; his sisters, Viola Passardi and Carol Batsie; a son-in-law, Brian Pope; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Surdel; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law. He was predeceased by his daughter, Cynthia Pope; a granddaughter, Faith; two brothers, John and Walter Surdel; and three sisters, Jean Radowicz, Jane Zielski, and Cecilia Cwikla.
Relatives and friends may call at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, Friday, Aug. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 550 Hartford Tpke. (Route 30), Vernon, Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery in Rockville.
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Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 20 to Aug. 24, 2014