Edward A. Lusher Sr.

Waterford - Edward A. Lusher Sr., of 42 Gallup Lane, Waterford, passed away at Lawrence + Memorial hospital on Thursday, June 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Moline, Ohio, son of the late Alvin Arthur and Francis (Glenn) Lusher. In 1952, he graduated from Olney High School in Walbridge, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1952 to 1956 as a first class cook stationed in New London on the PCR850 docked at the Naval Underwater Sound Lab.

Ed Lusher was known by all his family and friends to be a hard working man and a fine craftsman, in addition to being a local restaurant owner for 56 years. He was married in 1954 to Lorraine Beatrice in New London. Together they ran L&B Foodservice in the "breezeway" at Ocean Beach Park from 1956 until 1973 where he gained notoriety as "the clam fritter man."

He completed the carpenter apprentice program at Electric Boat in 1956 and worked concurrently to the restaurant business as a "finish trim carpenter and cabinetmaker" for 50 years. He worked for 12 years on Millstone Units 1, 2, and 3 with Bec-Tel Construction, Ebasco, and Stone & Webster Construction. After leaving Ocean Beach in 1973, Ed and his family opened Ed's Open Kitchen & Frosty Cream on Route 32 in Uncasville changing the name to Eds' Kitchen & Creamery, Inc. along with a major expansion in 1984.

In Sept. of 1999, Ed acquired a 1931 Chevrolet with a convertible top and a rumble seat and surprised most of his family by taking a little time to enjoy it. He joined the Yesteryear of Oakdale car club and reduced his work schedule to half a day (12 Hours). In Oct. of 2008, at age 76, he retired from daily duties at Eds' Kitchen and has since been a fixture at most of the areas classic car events.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine; son Edward Jr., daughter-in-law Marilyn; two granddaughters and their husbands, Michelle and Nicholas Condon and Susan and Andrew Macione, all of Waterford; and his sister, Donna Marsh of Walbridge, Ohio.

He was predeceased by his brothers, David and Robert of Walbridge, Ohio; and his sister, Wavalee of Perrysburg, Ohio.

He passed knowing he was going to be a great-grandfather, proudly wearing his Father's Day shirt exclaiming that fact all day before entering the hospital.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 9:15 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled for 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Condolence messages may be left on Ed's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com

The family would like to extend a heartfelt THANKS to the doctors, nurses and staff of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital who provided him compassionate attention for the last seven years. We especially want to thank Dr. Stephen C. Lattanzi for his tremendous dedication. Thank you so much Dr. Thomas C. Peter, Dr. Richard P. Fazio, Dr. Bruce Cooper and thank you Dr. Justin Thoms for respecting my fathers wishes and your over the top service to us. Our special gratitude and love is extended to every single person associated with Bayview Health Care in Waterford. The Lusher Family.

Funeral Home

Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-1871

Published in The Day on June 22, 2013