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Edward J. Waitt

June 6, 1918 ~ May 29, 2017 (age 98)

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Edward J. Waitt, 98, a lifelong resident of Brockton, passed away peacefully May 29, 2017. He was a 1936 graduate of Brockton High School and enjoyed his class reunions. He attended Wentworth Institute and earned a certificate in Machine Construction and Tool Design in 1938, then worked at Portsmouth and Boston Naval Shipyards. He was married in 1942 to Katherine A. Danksiewicz of Abington and joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 during World War II. He graduated from New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1947. Upon his passing, he was Massachusetts’ oldest active licensed funeral director for almost 70 years, during which Eddie began the legacy of Waitt Funeral Home with his wife Kay. He was also a deputy sheriff and per diem court officer in Brockton from 1971 to 1977 where he enjoyed entertaining the jury pools with his timeless sense of humor. Over the years he spent time at Hideaway Village in Buzzards Bay, and later at Parkwood Beach in Wareham where he enjoyed quahoging and playing golf. He was a member of Wareham Elks, Polish White Eagles and Polish Club of North Abington. Eddie was most well-known for joke-telling throughout his life. He resided at Emmanuel House since 2012 and was very sociable there, playing Pokeno, drawing with charcoal, and participating in other various activities.  Eddie was husband of the late Katherine “Kay”; father of Edward J. Waitt Jr. M.D. (& Catherine Badeaux) of New Orleans, Kenneth A. Waitt (& Jean Fallon Waitt) of Easton and Falmouth, Janice A. Schlerf (& Steve Schlerf) of NH and FL, Lisa Waitt Belcher (& Gregory N. Belcher) of West Bridgewater; grandfather of Ted Waitt (& Sara), John Schlerf (& Ann), Michael Schlerf (& Lauren), Ryan Belcher (& Cassie Palmer), and Julie Belcher (& Rick Nadell); great-grandfather of Simon Schlerf; brother of Lillian Cheyunski & the late Roger Waitt. All are welcome to calling hours Thursday 3-8 p.m. in Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St. Brockton, his funeral from Waitt Funeral Home Friday at 10 a.m., funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Michael Church, Avon and private burial at VA National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Edward J. Waitt Family Endowed Scholarship, Cardinal Spellman High School, 738 Court St. Brockton MA 02302

Charitable donations may be made to:

Edward J. Waitt Family Endowed Scholarship
738 Court St., Brockton MA 02302

 Service Information

Calling Hours
June 1, 2017

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Waitt Funeral Home
850 North Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Funeral Mass
June 2, 2017

11:00 AM
St. Michael Church
87 North Main St.
Avon, MA 02322

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