GREENFIELD - Edward W. Forrestall, 92, passed away Thursday morning, May 23, 2013, at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility, surrounded by his loving family following a period of declining health.
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A native of Greenfield, and member of "The Greatest Generation," Ed was born on March 28, 1921 to James and Mary (White) Forrestall. He was educated in Greenfield Public Schools and graduated from GHS in the Class of 1939.
Ed married Irene (Sullivan) on July 29, 1950 at Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield and they celebrated 58 years of marriage together prior to her passing in April of 2008.
Ed answered our nation's call to duty during WWII and enlisted in the United States Army on June 4, 1943. He was assigned to the United States Army Air Corps and served with the 396th Fighter Squadron of the 386th Fighter Group in the European Theater. He was honorably discharged on April 4, 1946 with the rank of Sergeant. For his meritorious service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
Upon his return to civilian life, Ed went to work for the former Greenfield Tap & Die Corp. as a thread grinder, retiring in 1984 with 44 years of employment. Ed was a devout parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was active in the Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of the Knights of Columbus and was a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose Family Center No. 997 of Greenfield.
Ed was an avid Red Sox, Boston Bruins and Notre Dame football fan and enjoyed playing tennis. As a young man, Ed was an outstanding baseball pitcher. He was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers, who saw him play while attending pilot training at Butler University, prior to his deployment overseas. His military service prevented him from being able to accept the offer.
Ed loved to "putter" and keep things in "tiptop shape" around the house.
He is lovingly remembered by his children: Thomas W. Forrestall and his wife, Dottie, of Haverhill, MA; Robert E. Forrestall and his partner, Jeanne of Greenfield and Patricia Elie and her husband Wayne of Greenfield. Ed is loved and will be missed by his grandchildren who include: Kellie, Tracy, Brian, Scott, Christina, Kyle and Adam, as well as his great-grandson, Owen. Ed leaves several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who will remember him with great affection.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Katherine, as well as by his siblings who include: John, Joseph, James, Mary, Helen and Marjorie.
Funeral services, in celebration of his life and patriotism, will be observed on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. from Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal St., with the Rev. Fr. Timothy J. Campoli, pastor, as the celebrant. Rites of committal and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Greenfield, with full military honors to be observed with members of the 54th Mass. Army National Guard in attendance, assisted by members of the Hale-Clapp VFW Post No. 3295, who will provide a firing detail.
Visiting hours will be conducted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Ed's family wishes to express their appreciation for the care and attention provided by the staff of the Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility - your thoughtfulness and consideration will be forever remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's memory to Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility, c/o the Residents Activity Fund, 130 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA 01301.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at:
McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on May 25, 2013