Bernard E. Wyman

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Bernard Edward Wyman, 84, died Dec. 30, 2013, at the Life Care Center of the South Shore in Scituate. He was born in Brookline and was raised and educated in Norwell by his aunt and uncle, Margaret L. (Dick) and Robert J. Gaddis, along with his three brothers. Later on, Robert J. Gaddis remarried to Gertrude L. Coombs helping in raising Bernard and his brothers, Donald E. Wyman, George E. Wyman and Robert W. Wyman who predeceased him. Bernard (known to everyone as "Ed") attended Norwell schools up to grade 9 when he left school to work on his uncle's farm. He met his late wife Rosemary Garrigan at a local dance in Hanson and they married Feb. 13, 1949, at the First Congregational Church of Hanson. He had four children and lived in Norwell on High Street where he continued his farming for 47 years - his labor of love. The 10 acre vegetable farm known as "Prairie Hall Farm" - had customers that traveled from all over the state just to purchase his "famous corn and tomatoes" along with several other types of vegetables. In the spring, he and his wife planted and sold vegetable and flower plants in two greenhouses to local customers before planting began for the farm by the end of each May. Farming was a family affair to which both Ed and Rosemary stated "they could not have operated the farm without the help of their kids". In addition to the farm, Ed worked his full time job for Anderson Insulation in Abington for 50 years serving as a Project Manager handling numerous jobs throughout the state of Massachusetts and the New England states. Mr. Wyman cared deeply about how he did his job to which Eric Anderson quoted stating "he cared about doing the right thing". Even after he retired from Anderson Insulation he continued to do consultations on jobs. He was an avid football fan and loved the New England Patriots. In 2000, Ed moved to South Meadow Village in Carver where he continued his gardening and had a smaller garden and sold his "tomatoes" to the villagers. He also, became a caretaker to which he took on small outdoor jobs and mowed lawns for customers. He is survived by his children, Richard E. Wyman and his wife Sonja of Kingsport, Tenn., William D. Wyman of Morristown, Tenn., Annmarie Purcell of Hanover and Cynthia L. Wyman of Hanson; his sister-in-law, Phyllis M. Quinlan and her husband Lawrence J. Quinlan; brother-in-law, John E. Garrigan. He was the grandfather of Laura A. Wyman, Debra J. (Wyman) Smith, Audra L. (Wyman) Petitti, Peter E. Wyman and Jennifer Wyman, Jason Wyman, Sarah Wyman, Travis Wyman, and Ashley Wyman, Lindsay J. Purcell, Derek J. Purcell, Paul B. Melanson and Cathleen A. Melanson. Also surviving are ten great-grandchildren, Kristina L. Wyman, Olivia R. Petitti, Joseph W. Petitti, Alexandra G. Wyman, Jessica F. Wyman, Brody E. Flemming, Esmarelda Gillian, Savannha Gillian, R. Landon Wyman, Alyzaya N. Wyman; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate his life Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland, beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral service that will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Burial will follow the service in Washington Street Cemetery in Norwell. In lieu of flowers, donations can me made to the Norwell Food Pantry, P.O. Box 644, Norwell, MA 02061. For directions or to share memories on Eds Tributes page, visit

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Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home
135 Union St Rockland, MA 02370
(781) 878-1775
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 8, 2014