Edward J. Langley of Winthrop and Woburn, September 18th, at ninety-seven years of age. Beloved husband of Marjorie P (Aiken) Langley for 75 years of Winthrop and Woburn. Dear father of Edward J. Langley, his wife Barbara of Acton, Kathleen Allenbrook, her husband Mike of FL, Karen Langley, her husband Charles Carr of Methuen and Margery Fuccione, her husband John of Burlington. Grandfather of Brian Langley and wife Erin, Colleen Thompson and husband Jeff, Ronnie Weafer and wife Anaika, Stefanie Rogers, and husband Wayne, Michael Weafer and wife Amy, Quiana Langley-Carr and partner Ivette Fajardo, Kareem Langley-Carr, Carol Fuccione and husband Nick Seagers, Lisa Fuccione and husband Peter Mitchell, predeceased by grandson Ed Langley, who was his namesake and great grandfather to Brenden, Payton, Kennedy, Cooper, Matt, Nora, Chase, Max, Olivia, Nathan, Zeia, Auni, Victoria, Jackson, Fiona and Colin. Survived by his sister, Joan (Langley) Sullivan of Woburn.
Ed, or “Ted” to his family, grew up and attended school in Arlington, MA. He was the oldest of 5 children of Edward and Gertrude (MacDonald) Langley. He met his sister’s friend, Marjorie Aiken, while in high school and they married in 1943. He was inducted into the Army in November 1942 and served with the Corp of Engineers building roads and bridges to advance the troops in France, Germany and the Philippines. Upon discharge in 1946, Ed and Marge lived in Arlington and he worked for the NE Telephone Company. He and Marge purchased a piece of land in Woburn and using his construction skills he built the home where they raised their family. Over his 40-year history with the phone company he did installation, repair, dispatch and provided driver’s safety classes. He hung from many a pole on a cold winter day.
After coming home from the war, Ed joined the National Guard and over 40 plus years in the Guard he rose to the rank of Major General. He loved his troops and his yearly 2 week trips to Camp Drum. He also served in the State Guard and was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
In addition to building his Woburn home he built their Winthrop “summer” home that the family spent many enjoyable summers with aunts, uncles and cousins. He loved gardening and spent the winter looking at seed catalogs, ordering seeds and planning his 2 gardens. If you visited either of his homes you were bound to get a tour of his gardens and if the timing was right would leave with tomatoes, peppers and a few zucchinis.
Above his love of service to his country and gardening was his love of his family. His love, Marge, was his “Executive Officer”, getting things done. He loved to teach his children, grandchildren and neighbor children by “doing” and “hands on”. Whether it was planting seeds, making cement or shingling a roof he was patient in teaching how to get the job done right. Pictures and videos of his grandchildren and great grandchildren brightened his days.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the funeral home on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10:00 AM. Services will conclude with military honors in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.
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