BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Edward W. Podgurski, 73, of Blake Street passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug.4, 2017, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vt., after being diagnosed with meningitis. His family was with him.
Ed was born in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 9, 1943, the son of Anthony and Elinor (Morrison) Podgurski. Ed went to school in Boston and graduated from Roslindale High School, Class of 1961. Ed joined the Air Force and received an honorable discharge on Aug. 8, 1963. He went on to work at the Post Office and after that started traveling to New England to various shoe repair shops. Shortly after he moved to Vermont and learned how to repair shoes. Ed owned and operated Ed’s Shoe Repair in Bellows Falls. He worked as a bartender at Nick’s Café, the local hardware store, and went on to work at the Polish American Club for 14 years, retiring at age 62.
Ed got married to Ellen Bobrowski on July 1, 1983, in Bellows Falls, who survives.
Ed was a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He also went to many Boston College football games. He liked to play golf and played in many tournaments. He enjoyed music and playing pool. For many years he was a member of all the local clubs. He liked to help out at functions and especially looked forward to Father/Daughter night.
Ed loved his wife and family very much. He was a parishioner at St. Charles church and made the collections at 4 p.m. mass, very seldom missing a mass.
Ed is survived by his wife of 34 years and his children: Edward Podgurski Jr. and friend Sarah, Mark Podgurski, Denise Venuti and friend Cesar, all of Massachusetts; Leann and husband Ric Aumand of North Walpole, N.H.; his grandchildren: Brittany Venuti, Mark and Rebecca Podgurski, all of Massachusetts; Richard, Michaila and Andrew Aumand of North Walpole, N.H.; his sister Marilyn Costello and husband Morgan, and his brother Tony Podgurski, all of Massachusetts; his nieces and nephews: Timothy Costello and Melissa and children Michael and Matthew, Lisa Podgurski, Robbie Podgurski and son Nicholas, Heather Boulger and Shawn and children Ryan, Jack, and Matthew; Jessie and Jason Ryan, Ben and Andrew Lisai, Allyson Lisai and children Cullan and Chandler; sisters-in-law Maryann Lisai, Jane Ryan and husband Wayne, and Susan Bobrowski and brother-in-law Steven Bobrowski. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother Robert Podgurski, his father-in-law Steven Bobrowski, and his daughter-in-law Lori Podgurski.
There will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls, Vt. with burial to follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation Golf Tournament at the American Legion Post 37, 42 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls, VT 05101.