SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Marvin W. Essex, 81, died March 28, 2014 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. with his loving family at his side. Born Feb. 1, 1933 in Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Everett and Corinne (Cote) Essex. He attended Providence public schools and La Salle Academy. During the Korean War, knowing he would be drafted, he married Charlotte, the love of his life, on Nov. 15, 1952. Their first child, Carol Ann, was born the following year while her father was stationed with the U.S. Army in Korea.
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For 32 years, he was employed by First National Supermarkets, starting as a stock boy at age 15 and eventually managing stores around Rhode Island. He worked for independent grocers before retiring and moving to South Hadley. Marvin was a hard worker who was devoted to his family and well liked for his easygoing personality and sense of humor. He loved to sing, was an avid walker, and followed the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte (Rettenmyer) Essex; daughter, Carol Kostek and her husband, Richard, of Hadley, Mass.; son, David and his wife, Elizabeth White, of Peterborough; sister, Marilyn Fecteau and her husband, Joseph "Ray" Fecteau, of Vernon Rockville, Conn.; grandsons Robert Essex of Rollinsford, Jacob Essex of Jaffrey, and Ethan Essex of Antrim; several cousins; numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are today, 4 to 7 p.m. at Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Rd., Northampton, Mass. The funeral is Friday 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, 120 Russell St., Hadley. Burial with military honors is at 2 p.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Donations may be made to the
Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Apr. 3, 2014