Edward H. Player, 101

Edward H. Player, 101

PEABODY — Edward H. Player passed away peacefully at Brooksby Village in Peabody on Thursday, Aug. 6 after living life to its fullest at the age of 101 years.

Born in Lynn, his parents were the late William H. Jr. and Catherine Veronica (Collins) Player.

After graduating from Lynn Classical, he worked at the Lynn Gas Company and the General Electric Company. When World War II began he enlisted and was assigned to the 9th Air Corp and served in France and Germany. Following the war he returned to the GE, and then was employed by the City of Lynn as an electrician until his retirement. 

He was married to the late Mary (Smith) Player, his loving and devoted wife of 47 years. Together they raised four children, stayed active in the community, were members of the St. Pius Church, and helped any neighbor in need. Traveling to Maine, Vermont and Nova Scotia were trips that they very much enjoyed, and dining at their favorite restaurants in Essex for seafood, were weekly lunches that they always looked forward to. They also shared a fondness for crossword puzzles and would sit side by side until one was completed. 

Ed thoroughly enjoyed swimming, and his daily routine after he retired would include a morning workout in the pool at the JCC in Marblehead with his many friends. He also enjoyed long walks along Lynn and Nahant Beaches. As an avid reader, he would frequent the Lynn Library for historical novels, crime mysteries, and war stories. He was also a sports fan and he passionately followed the Bruins, the Red Sox, and the Patriots. 

While living at Brooksby Village, he made many new friends, was a participant in the Sunday Mass Service, became a member of the Men’s Social Group, played Bocce Ball, and was a regular at the pool where he received a trophy for long-distance swimming; the length of the English Channel. 

The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the dedicated and compassionate nurses, aids and staff at the Brooksby Village who cared for Ed and made a difference in his daily living. Also the Care Dimensions Team who made a positive contribution to his quality of life. 

Ed was predeceased by his dear sister, Phyllis Guerin, who he would speak with daily and visit often. Their trips down memory lane were always heartwarming, and they both shared a delightful sense of humor that brought a smile to everyone. 

He is survived and adored by his four children and their spouses: Kathy and Jeff Donohoe of Contoocook, N.H., Mike and Mona Player of Northfield, N.H., Mary Ellen and Steve Opacki of Ipswich, and Bill and Cathy Player of Washington, D.C. He also leaves his grandchildren: Slattery and Cassidy Donohoe, Emily Tupper, Bonnie Hipolito, Luke, Timmy and Colby Player, Melanie Brawley and Henry Player. Five great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

His advice on living a long life was: ‘Stay active and hang in there!’

Service information: Ed’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Pius V Church, 215 Maple Street Lynn. Ed’s funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ed’s honor to a charity of your choice. 

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