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Edward Shabowich, 98, beloved husband of the late Rita (Lucia) Shabowich, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on October 4, at the Salem Hospital in Salem, Mass.
Edward was born February 27, 1919, in Danvers to Peter and Anna (Lastowska) Shabowich, and lived in Danvers for most of his life. Edward was predeceased by a younger brother, Joseph, and is survived by a younger sister, Mary Portelance of Edgewater, Fla. Additionally, Edward is survived by his son, Peter Shabowich of Danvers, and daughter, Maryann Shabowich Connelly of Sudbury; daughter-in-law, Diane Shabowich; son-in-law, Stephen Connelly; and grandchildren, Brandy Shabowich, Zachary Shabowich, Meghan Connelly, Shannon Connelly, Jack Connelly, and Amanda Shabowich; and several nieces and nephews including Dianne Portelance of Edgewater, with whom he was especially close. He leaves a daughter-in-law, Kathy Shabowich. His oldest son, Edward Shabowich, predeceased him.
Edward fought with Patton’s third army in Central Europe during WWII as a staff sergeant. Upon the end of the war Edward was honorably discharged and subsequently served as a police officer for 38 years in Lynn, Mass.
In his younger days, Ed was a talented athlete and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed many days hunting and fishing with his father. Once he started a family, Ed’s passion became his family and all Boston sports teams with a particular affinity for both the Red Sox and the Bruins.
The consummate family man, “Big Ed” lived for and through his family and until a few short months ago lived independently in the same home where he and Rita raised their children. He spent his final months under the care of the staff at Hathorne Hill Rehabilitation in Danvers, where he received love and comfort from many of the caring staff. He will be missed.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation to be held at the Mackey Funeral Home, Route 114, 128 South Main St., Middleton, MA, on Friday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. A short service to commemorate his life, family and lasting impact will be held at 12 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org. To leave a condolence, visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  October 10, 2017
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