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John E. Edgar

John E. Edgar

Sunday, July 12th, 2020
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John E. Edgar, 89, a Concord, MA native and longtime former Stow, MA resident, died peacefully Sun. July 12, 2020 at Orchard Hill in Sudbury, MA where he has lived for the last 7 years, making lots of friends and enjoying bingo and other activities.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores A. “Dolly” (Van Vorse) Edgar, to whom he was married for 39 years at the time of her passing in 2002. He is survived by their daughter Donna M. Garven; two granddaughters, Meghan and Kathryn; his brother-in-law Raymond Van Vorse; and nieces, nephews and their families. He was the son of the late Russell E. and Hazel M. (Short) Edgar, and brother of the late Betty Young.

Born and raised in Concord, he attended the Concord schools and graduated from Waltham Trade School. Mr. Edgar served honorably as a Corporal in the US Army during the Korean War. He was employed for most of his career as a radar technician at Raytheon, retiring in 1982. He and his wife, Dolly, first lived in Maynard before moving to Stow in 1973. They enjoyed bowling in local leagues and a trip to Mexico. Mr. Edgar also liked playing cards with friends, and after Dolly’s passing enjoyed a memorable Alaskan cruise with his brother-in-law, Ray.

Due to restrictions because of the pandemic, the funeral service at Acton Funeral Home, Acton, with burial with US Army honors in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Maynard, are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at www.michaeljfox.org, or by mail to Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com
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Collleen Szymcik

Posted at 07:53pm
Uncle John was the catalyst for my disbelief in Santa Claus. When he and my Aunt Dolly were dating, they used to babysit us. They stayed one night during the season while our parents were out Christmas shopping. All of you who knew this man, knew the wonderfully rich voice he had! I was still awake when my folks arrived home. He aske them, "Does Colleen still belive in Santa Claus?" Mind you I was in 6th grade and on the fence. Hearing him ask the question, busted the myth for me. I am grateful for that moment.

Bob Ryan

Posted at 12:56pm
I worked with John at Raytheon in both Burlington and Northboro, He was one of the nicest people I've ever met and so helpful to a young newcomer. My deepest sympathies.

Kathleen Hill

Posted at 06:24pm
I remember when Uncle John and Aunt Dolly were married. They were so happy ! They came up to see us a lot when they were newlyweds or we would go to see them in Maynard. Uncle John was s proud when they bought the house in Stow.
I’m glad they went on lots of trips with my mom and dad. There were always some good stories afterwards!
Katie Hill
PS: I can’t figure out how to turn the photo right side up but it was of their wedding.


Collleen Szymcik Posted at 07:55pm

I remember that wedding and how happy they werr. Aunt Dolly wore a pink suit. I thought that was way cool! To this day, it was probably one of the most romantic weddings I ever attended, Easily in the top 10.

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