CAVENDISH, Vt. – Edward W. Fitzgibbons Jr., 97, passed away Monday afternoon, May 7, 2018 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vt. He was born in Worcester City Hospital in Worcester, Mass. July 6, 1920, the son of Edward W. Sr. and Etta (Johnson) Fitzgibbons. When Eddie was a few months old, he and his parents moved to Cavendish, Vt. He attended school in Cavendish.
He worked for Don Belknap cutting wood and logs and driving the truck. He became a sawyer. Eddie worked for Kenwood Mills in Cavendish and later worked as a machinist at the Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, retiring after 25 years of service.
During World War II, Eddie volunteered with others at a look out tower to report plane sittings.
He married Mildred Gleason April 13, 1948. Eddie and his wife had a ministry of sending cards, visiting people, transporting people to doctor’s appointments, giving food to those in need, and weekly shopping for the elderly.
He belonged to the Cavendish Baptist Church where he was an usher, janitor, Sunday school teacher, and bell ringer for many years. He was also a member of the church prayer group.
With his brother Russell, he cut wood for their winter fuel. Eddie mowed the fields at the Sanders-Gleason Farm, which he and his wife later owned.
His sister Mary died in 2000, and his brother Russell in 2014. He is survived by his wife Mildred of 70 years, and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Cavendish Village Cemetery in Cavendish, Vt. Reverend Abraham Gross officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cavendish Baptist Church, P.O. Box 425, Cavendish, Vt. 05142.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.