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Obituary for Edgar W Darling

Edgar W  Darling
Edgar (Ed) William Darling, 14 Arbor Lane Wilbraham, MA passed away with his family at his side on October 8th, 2018 at the Masonic Home in Charlton, MA. Ed was predeceased by his wife Lilla (Taft) Darling. Ed was born on March 27, 1927 in Springfield, MA. He graduated from Tech High School in Springfield, MA in 1944. After High School he joined the Merchant Marines and was honorably discharged in 1947. After proudly serving his country, Ed went to work for the Telephone Company traveling to VT and NH. In 1950, Ed went to work for the Western Mass Electric Company in Springfield, MA, where he met his wife Lilla (Taft) Darling. Ed and Lilla worked together for 5 years when they married at Hope Church in August 5, 1955. Ed went to work for Northeast Utilities as a meter reader and rose through the ranks to Director of Nuclear Purchasing. After 40 years at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) Ed retired to assume the position of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in Massachusetts, a role in which was one of his proudest accomplishments. In addition to his title of Grand Master he was a 33rd degree Mason. Ed was very active in Melha Shrine, Red Cross of Constatine, York Rite and Scottish Rite. He was also a longstanding member of Wilbraham United Church in Wilbraham, MA. Edgar leaves behind; a daughter Nancy and her husband George Como, a son Allen Darling and his youngest daughter Judie and her husband Ken McInerney. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren: Sarah Como, Nathan Singleton, Riley McInerney, Karissa McInerney, Katie Yu and Matthew Darling, as well as 5 great grandchildren: Brady and Colton Darling, Kailee Dickenson, Lillianna and Spencer Yu. The Family would like to thank the staff at Overlook in Charlton MA for the excellent care he received in his final years. In lieu of flowers, Edgar’s family has requested that memorial donations in his name be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children 516 Carew St Springfield MA 01104. Friends and family are invited to a period of visitation from 4-7pm at the Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, Tinkham Rd in Springfield on Thursday October 11th. A funeral mass will be held Friday, October 12th at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St Wilbraham MA. Burial with military honors will follow at Hillcrest Park Cemetery in Springfield.
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