Edward F. Daly, 100
SHREWSBURY - Edward F. Daly of Shrewsbury, formerly of Mashpee, passed away peacefully on August 25th 2021 at the age of 100.
Ed was born in Worcester, son of William and Mary (Murphy) Daly. He was predeceased by his brothers William, Charles and Joseph. Ed leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Ed was a graduate of South High School class of 1938 and the College of the Holy Cross, class of 1942, both in Worcester. He enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1942 where he was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. Ed was assigned to Kunming, China where his unit earned the Presidential Unit Citation. After World War II ended, his unit was among the first soldiers to be assigned to Shanghai, China as a communications unit.
Following the war, Ed enrolled in Boston College Law School, graduating in 1949. Having passed the bar exam, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he served in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. He later took a position in the Labor Department where he was appointed Assistant Director in charge of the enforcement of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974. After retiring from the federal government in 1980, Ed moved to Cape Cod. In 2018, Ed was deeply honored to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service to the O.S.S. during World War II.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Alhambra Council, Special Agents of the F.B.I., the O.S.S. Society, and the Holy Cross Alumni Association. He was a former president of the New Seabury Men's Club, the President's Council at Holy Cross, and an active member of Christ the King Parish in Mashpee. Most recently, Ed was a resident of Southgate at Shrewsbury, where he was extremely grateful for the outstanding care provided by their staff. The family is especially grateful to the aides and nurses of Hampton Suites who brightened every day for Ed. The family also wishes to thank UMass Geriatrics Dr. Erika Zimmons and her team, as well as Dr. Lara Kovell and Notre Dame Hospice.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 27, at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant St., Worcester. There are no calling hours. Burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Ed's memory to the Matthew 25 Fund at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee, 5 Jobs Fishing Road, PO Box 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649.
The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.
Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2021.