Edward A. Tacy Jr.

ATHOL — Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Edward A. Tacy Jr., 80, of Shore Drive, who died on May 17, at Health Alliance Leominster Hospital. 

Fr. Peter Pawlus of Saint Mary’s Church in Orange officiated and Liz Hume sang “Amazing Grace.” Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The bearers were Mike Tacy, Deven Cooley, Jon Benoit and Jymyle Hendricks.

Following the Rites of Committal, a reception was held at the home of Edward’s daughter, Sheryl Hendricks, in Athol. 

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ATHOL — Edward A. Tacy Jr., 80, of Shore Drive, died early Wednesday morning at Health Alliance-Leominster Hospital in Leominster, a day after his 80th birthday.

Born in Philadelphia, Penn., on May 16, 1937, he was a son of the late Edward A. Sr. and Blanche (Mossey) Tacy.

Edward served in the Army National Guard 181st Division.

Employed by the town of Orange, Edward worked for the Highway Department for over 19 years. He had also owned and operated a gun shop in Brattleboro, Vt., for over 10 years, which satisfied his love for guns.

Edward loved to dance, the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest happiness was spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.

Survivors include his children, Sheryl Hendricks and Edward M. Tacy Sr., both of Athol, Jackie Shiver of Huntsville, Texas, and Deborah Hurst of Merritt Island, Fla.; grandchildren, Deven Cooley, Jonathan Benoit, Michael Tacy, Kristie Marie Shiver, April Grisham, Kevin Hurst and Jessica Jean Dumas; and nine great-grandchildren.

Edward’s father died in 1978 and his mother died in 1996. He was also predeceased by a son, Clyde Tacy, and a daughter, Pamela Tacy.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 22,  from 4 to 6 p.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.


Tp the family you have our prays.  Austin will be missed.  He was always laughing. He had a smile that lit up a room. R.I.P. Austin till we meet again

Dad, the words I say now you do not read or hear the tears drop an heart broken as I think off my loss off a Dad that God gave me,an not long ago Mom passed.This was the only year I did no get Say Happy Birthday I love u, that was a very special Day for Both of us an was glad.That Day as long as the Lord lets me live it still will always have a Great Meaning.I was you Tom Girl an proud of it, u were always my #1 Dad! A peice of my Heart is broke but the Love will never Leave.   Thank you Lord for a Wonderful Dad,for the Love he always gave me the Freindship that was never ending,for his eyes that always saw the best in me, for his Strenght & Wisdon that brought me through these years,an lots of Good Memories of times spent toghter an His hugs an smiles,I see yet today.I am Greatful that God gave me  you Dad. We made r peace with each other, so now I say RIP My Love to u DAD. 

Ed is one of the most loving caring person I know.
Being my Step Dad for a time he was the abet.
His love for my children was beyond any other.
He loved his old dog Bart, his hunting dog. A great man a great friend I ( we) will miss you Grampa Ed!!
Love to you always,
Paula, Joshua, (Charlie lock and key)
And Jamie. Sleep Happy

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