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Edward Jessie


1917 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Edward I. Jessie, 100

WORCESTER - Edward I. Jessie, 100 years of age, died peacefully among family after a brief illness on December 15, 2017, at the Knollwood Nursing Center.

He was born in Worcester, son of William and Lena (Culhane) Jessie on 7/17/17 and was a lifelong resident of Worcester. His beloved wife of 58 years, Locarte E. (Staney) Jessie, died in 2000.

He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Lederer of Worcester, two daughters, Karen Bernacki (husband Stephen) of Northborough and Lois Bois (husband Henry) of Northborough, five loved grandchildren, Marc Nadeau (wife Nikki) of Jacksonville FL, Dianne Jessie (husband William Furlong) of Orlando FL, Brenda Derosier of Northborough, Michael J. Jessie (wife Jenny Rae) of Worcester, and Stephen Bernacki Jr. (wife Kristen) of Exeter NH, and eight great-great grandchildren, Justin, Cammie, and Adeline Nadeau, Ally and Bruce Derosier, Jacob M. Jessie, Ella-Jean Jessie-Furlong and Sarah Getschmann, and many nieces and nephews and families. He was predeceased by stepfather William Gray, brothers Harold Jessie in 1999 and William Jessie and sister Lilian A. Benoit in 1992, and a son, Edward P. Jessie (wife Jean) in 2007.

During the Depression years he worked at the WPA in Worcester, and the CCC in Shrewsbury, VT. During WWII, he served our country as an Army Medical Technician in the 373rd General Hospital Detachment in the Asiatic Pacific Theater (Guam). After an honorable discharge he was appointed to the Worcester Police Department, where he served 33 years until his retirement in 1980.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Massachusetts Police Association, the Worcester Retired Police & Firefighters Association, and St. Stephen's Parish, Worcester.

He lived at Colony III Retirement Home in Worcester for 13 years, where he was able to make many friends and live independently until age 99. He was a regular customer with his family at the Pizza Works and the Broadway Restaurant, always reminiscing about his experiences around the city as a patrolman.

His family would like to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the entire staff of Knollwood Nursing Center for their expert and loving care during his 18 month residence and St. John's Church who brought him communion. Ed and his family made many friends at Knollwood and we all became extended family.

He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and looked forward to the T&G "Do You Know Where This Is" weekly article (he knew the correct location most of the time). His last love was a cup of Starbucks every morning and a walk around the nursing center, greeting everyone he passed.

There will be a calling hour Tuesday, December 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, or donations to the Knollwood Employee Appreciation Fund, 87 Briarwood Circle, Worcester MA 01606.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2017
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