Grafton, MA — Edward J. Willwerth, 66, passed away peacefully May 6, 2013, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife, Maria Izquierdo; his son, Michael Willwerth and his wife, Michelle Caron; his daughter, Kristin Swerling and her husband, Joshua; and his daughter, Alison Rioux and her husband, Shawn; his grandchildren, Michael and Rachel Willwerth, Jay, Adam and Ava Swerling and Katelyn, Kelsey and Carter Rioux; his siblings, Michael Willwerth and his wife, Pamela, Karen Brown, Mark Willwerth and his wife, Julie, Marcia Ross, Isabel Desmond and Sara Willwerth; and many nieces and nephews. Edward’s first wife, Linda (Gendron) Willwerth, predeceased him.
Ed was born July 4, 1946, in Somerville, Mass., son of the late Helen (Conway) and Edward Willwerth. He grew up in Amesbury, Mass., and following his college graduation, began his professional life teaching Chemistry in Honolulu, Hawaii, and at Thayer Academy in Braintree. Throughout his professional life, Ed was always nostalgic about the time he spent teaching. Ed then relocated to Plymouth where he lived for more than 30 years and he began working at General Dynamics at the Quincy Shipyard until its closing in the late 1980s. Ed then started and operated his own business, Atlantic Environmental and Marine Services, which he owned and operated until his passing. He also served as the Secretary/Treasurer and past Chairman of the Marine Chemist Association for many years. Ed was among the most respected professionals in his field, having secured contracts across the globe including Egypt and Japan, and the passion he showed for his work will be remembered by so many of his colleagues and friends. Ed was also a Certified Industrial Hygenist serving on different committees of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He was one of the few to hold both certifications as a Marine Chemist and an Industrial Hygenist. When Ed wasn’t working, he was tinkering with projects around his home or taking advantage of opportunities to travel which he loved. He also loved sharing the gift of time with his family, particularly his grandchildren, who will miss their beloved "Bumpa."
ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to honor Ed be sent to The Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02248 or online at www.JimmyFund.org. All are invited to calling hours for Ed Friday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., N. Grafton, MA 01536. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Ed Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Church, 12 West St., Grafton, MA 01519. Burial will be private at the convenience of his family. Directions and an online condolence book to share memories of Ed are available at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.