Edward A. Ford

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May 29, 1928-July 15, 2012

Dearly loved by all who knew him.

BARRE - Lt. Col. (Retired) Edward A. Ford passed quite suddenly after a long fight with osteoporosis. He retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Meade in Maryland and with his beloved wife, Lillian, who preceded him in death, spent their remaining years living in Laurel, Md. He devoted his life to volunteering at Laurel Regional Hospital, a duty he enjoyed. He served his church at St. Nicholas Parish in many ways, having a special responsibility for parish finances, as well as running the fall bazaar and being involved in many other activities. He donated the baptismal font to St. Nicholas Parish in honor of his late wife, Lillian.

He leaves behind two brothers, Frederick and Robert Ford, of Barre. Ed had no children of his own, but he had overwhelming love, generosity and kindness for his many nephews, nieces, friends and neighbors, all who mourn his passing. The young children in his neighborhood called him Grandpa, and the older teenagers came to him for advice. In recent years, he was especially fond of spending holidays and special occasions with the Utton family, enjoying long phone conversations, and meeting with his morning coffee group at McDonald's. All were recipients of his wit and dry sense of humor. He was such a joy to be around. He was a man of letters and never failed to send a birthday card to all he knew. Ed loved his family, was an exceptional person, and we will truly miss him.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 8603 Contee Road, Laurel, Md., Oct. 30, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Argus on Aug. 5, 2012