Edwin Allen's Story
Edwin Allen Grandy, 84, died on April 6, 2017, at Seacoast Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Wovers Grandy who died March 12, 2017.
Born in Bristol, Conn., on October 25, 1932, he was the son of the late Cleophus and Katherine (Williams) Grandy. He was a graduate of the Plainville High School, Class of 1952 in Connecticut.
A United States veteran of the Korean War, he served in both the Army and the Air Force before attending the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Ed was employed as a machinist for the former Damon Corporation, a medical equipment manufacturer in Needham, Mass., for many years before his retirement. Ed was a member of the AMVETS Post #32 and the American Legion in Gloucester.
Ed (also known as Allen to his immediate family) met his wife of thirty-three years at their 30th High School reunion and spent many happy years together in Brockton, Natick, and Milford before retiring in Gloucester in 1995. Ed had a talent for painting, and shared the honor of being Plainville High’s class artist with his future wife, Dorothy. He and Dorothy were an endlessly inventive pair and were always in the midst of a creative project. An avid sports fan, Ed played football in high school and enthusiastically watched football and college basketball, as well as the annual Kentucky Derby. An ardent sports fisherman, Ed also maintained an awe-inspiring aquarium, enjoyed gardening, and was known for his delicious barbecue ribs and chicken which he often fed to family and friends watching the Horribles Parade as it passed by the Grandy apartment on Washington Street.
Ed is survived by his stepchildren Leane and her husband, Bill Ellis; Charlene Prescott, Ronald D. Fanion, Jr.; and Theodore P. Fanion; grandsons, Theodore P. Fanion II and Andrew M. Fanion; his sister, Marcella Hall; his brother, James Grandy, much-loved niece, Katherine “Kitty” Thompson, and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his son-in-law, Paul Prescott, his sister Elizabeth Tribble, and brothers, Everett, David, William, Stephen, and Wallace Grandy.
Ed was a challenging patient with a distinctive sense of humor, and the family would like to thank his caregivers at Seacoast, especially Ernie, for their humane professional and compassionate care during his stay at the facility. In addition, the family also wishes to acknowledge the professionals at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital, Lyons Ambulance, and the Fresenius North Shore Dialysis Center for their superb care and kindness.
In keeping with Ed’s wishes, funeral services will be held privately and there are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Armed Services organization of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. For further information and online condolences, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  April 14, 2017