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May 17, 2014

Edward E. Carpenter, Jr., 87

Newbury MA — Edward E. Carpenter Jr., a resident of Newbury and a retired 30-year employee of the Newbury School District, passed away April 19, 2014.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Beatrice (Kimball) Carpenter; his second wife, Eva (Baker) Carpenter; his son, Edward Eugene Carpenter III and his daughter, Nancy L Carpenter of North Adams. Ed (known to many as Eddie), was born in Newburyport on March 25, 1927. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish, where he dutifully served as head usher at the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass. Ed was a man of many interests, detailed stories and strong opinions. He was an avid reader of ancient and U.S. history, a collector of rare coins, a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America, a driver for Meals on Wheels, and a longtime drum and bugle corps sponsor and volunteer. During World War II, Ed left high school to serve in the U.S. military. In many ways a self-educated man, Ed was very proud of completing a GED program later in life at the urging of his daughter. Ed was a daily visitor at the Anna Jacques Hospital cafeteria where he loved to reminisce with old and new friends about growing up in Newburyport, working at the Round School in Newbury, and tracing the familiar connections between local notables. His remarkable memory landed him an appearance in a locally produced documentary about growing up in the Newburyport area during The Great Depression. Until his recent painful bout with lung cancer, Ed routinely looked forward to the camaraderie of Sunday afternoon cribbage games with his friends.

Ed is survived by his grandson, Edward Horsfall; granddaughter, Jessica Horsfall; great-grandchildren, Trinity Hoffman and Matthew Robert Perras, all of North Adams; and a brother, Richard Carpenter of Baltimore. Internment services at Belleville Cemetery in Newburyport were private.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial Mass will be offered for Ed on Saturday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St., Newburyport MA 01950. Friends are welcome to attend.

Donations may be made in Ed's memory to the Immaculate Conception St. Vincent De Paul Society, 42 Green St., Newburyport MA 01950.

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