Lt. Colonel Edward J. Kopec
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Retired Air Force WWll Veteran;
former Groton firefighter & town Assessor; 91
GROTON -- Lt. Colonel Edward J. Kopec, 91, passed peacefully at his home on May 30, 2014 in Groton.
He was born in West Groton on April 18, 1923, son of the late Frank and Frances (Zalesney) Kopec, and was the husband of the late Mary (Fitzgerald) Kopec who died in 2012.
Ed grew up in West Groton and was graduate of Groton High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force during WWll and served in Midland Texas as an Instructional Pilot. He served in the in the Air Force Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1983.
He worked for the Postal Department for many years.
Mr Kopec served the Town of Groton for many years as an Assessor for over 10 years, a member of the Groton Fire Department for 30 years, and the Commander and Past Commander of the Laurence E . Gay Post of the American Legion. He was also a member of the former Sacred Heart Church of Groton and St. James Church in West Groton.
Ed loved working in his yard and the earth, and loved caning seats and chairs.
His survivors include a son, David L Kopec of Westford; a daughter, Joan P. MacGregor of Littleton; a brother, Stanley Kopec of West Groton; a sister, Helen Rooks of Westford; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Edward Kopec Jr., brother of the late Stephanie Tedesco, and grandfather of the late Andrea Kopec.
KOPEC -- Visiting Hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton on Tuesday June 3, from 5-8 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace, worshipping at St. James Church, St. James Ave., West Groton on Wednesday at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Groton Cemetery, Groton.
Please see www.badgerfuneral.com
Badger Funeral Home
45 School St
Groton, MA 01450
Published in Nashoba Publishing on June 6, 2014