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Edward A. Haraden, 89, retired Wenham Police Chief, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, in the Beverly Hospital following his brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Ethel M. (McDavitt) Haraden.
Born in Beverly on February 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Rudolph H. and Martha N. (Anderson) Haraden.
He attended Hamilton schools and graduated from Beverly High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed on board a destroyer in the Pacific fleet. He was called again to active duty during the Korean Conflict.
He earned his criminal justice degree from North Shore Community College, where he later taught criminal justice classes for many years. He was also a graduate of the FBI Command Training Institute at Quantico, Va. He was hired as the first full-time chief of police in the town of Wenham, where he served for 25 years.
Ed spent his life in the service of others, as a U.S. sailor, a Massachusetts state trooper, a police chief, a Legion member, a Mason, and a Shriner among many others. He was a willing mentor to many young police officers and others in the criminal justice field, freely imparting his knowledge and wisdom over the years. Ed was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather as well as a loyal friend to many.
He was the past commander of the Lt Norman Prince Post American Legion in Wenham, a member and past commander of the A. P. Gardner Post 194 in Hamilton, a longtime member of the Ipswich VFW Post 1093, as well as a member of the Former Tin Can Sailors, the MA Chiefs of Police Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Former MA State Troopers, the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge AF & AM, the Ipswich Royal Arch Masons, past president of the Curious Articifers of Wenham, a Charter Member of the Wenham Police Relief Association, and a former member of the Governor’s Highway Safety Committee.
He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton until he moved to the Residence at Riverbend in Ipswich in July, 2015. He loved his many canine companions and was most often seen walking them over the years in Hamilton. He leaves behind his beloved rescue dog, Molly, who will remain living at Riverbend as she is a well-loved resident there now.
Anyone who knew Ed will remember him for his love of joking with others and for captivating people with the many stories from his life.
His family's hearts are broken but they are comforted in the knowledge that his legacy will live on in so many ways and that they will meet again.
He is survived by his sons, David Haraden of Warren, Maine and John Haraden and his wife, Debra of Danvers; his daughters, Cynthia Anderson and her husband, Jack of Deerfield, N.H. and Julie DePaolis and her husband, Ron of Essex; and four grandchildren, Samantha Anderson, Amy Haraden, and Daniel and Devin DePaolis. He was the brother of the late Donald G. Haraden, formerly of Hamilton.
His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, in the First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor St., Wenham, followed by interment with Naval Honors in the Hamilton Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4 to 7 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, with a Masonic service at 6 p.m. and honors with the Ipswich VFW at 6:30 p.m., and honors with the A. P. Gardner Post of Hamilton at 6:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Shriner’s Burn Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/research. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  June 12, 2017
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