Edward M. Fedor, 78, of 64 McGuinness St. passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 11th, at his summer home on Martha’s Vineyard. He was the husband of Linda Foth Fedor, father to Laurie Otis (& husband Brad) and Stephen Fedor (& wife Wendy), grandfather to Brett Otis (& girlfriend Gillian), Alyssa Otis, Emmy Fedor, and Cassie Fedor, and “Poppy” to everyone. He also held a special place in his heart for his pal Buddy, and his grandpuppies Neiko and Cooper.
Born November 8, 1937, in Torrington, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Kasmiercak Fedor, and served in the U.S. Navy. He worked in the computer field at Aerospace, Peter Paul Cadbury, and Waterbury Hospital, and retired from IBM. He was a member of the Elk’s Club and a very devoted member of the Varsity Alumni and Police Athletic Leagues, coaching and guiding countless young men and women.
When Poppy was not cheering on his Torrington Raiders or Roger Williams’ Hawks, he could be seen perusing the aisles of Big Y with a variety of shopping lists in hand—a “world-class market” for a world-class man.
He was also:
- the biggest fan of his wife Linda’s home cooked meals, always saving room for dessert as a late night snack;
- an accomplished cook in his own right, serving up countless grilled hot dogs on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard;
- always ready for a party on the porch, patio, deck, or anywhere outside with family and friends;
- happy taking his many dogs for long walks at Burr Pond, Peoples State Forest, and John Minetto State Park;
- a longtime fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and UCONN Huskies (with plenty of apparel to support each team);
- a baseball cap connoisseur, often browsing the shops of Oak Bluffs, looking for the next one to add to his collection;
- a scary and old Western movie buff, playing reruns of “Rifleman” with Chuck Connors almost daily;
- a lover of music, and could often be found tapping his foot to Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Led Zeppelin and other classics;
- part of a dynamic Christmas duo—while Linda prepared for the big holiday meal, he personalized each gift tag with a special note to the recipient;
- the “candy man” to many, sharing treats with anyone who had a sweet tooth to match his own.
Poppy was rarely the most talkative person in the room, but undoubtedly his actions spoke louder than his words. Genuine, kind, and selfless—he expressed his love by giving to others.
Eddie is also survived by three sisters, Mary Carlson, Margaret Kiernan, and Rose Marie Foth, a brother, Michael Fedor, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Ann Brooks, and his brother, John Fedor.