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Edwin L. Marston

November 2, 1928 — September 4, 2023


SHREWSBURY-Edwin L. Marston,94, a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury passed away Monday, September 4, 2023 after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Elinor (Paul) Marston, who passed in 2021.


He was born in Worcester, November 2, 1928, son of the late Rupert Lisle Marston and Genevieve L. (Winch) Marston and predeceased by his sister Lenore M. White and brothers Rodney F. and Donald T. Marston He graduated from the former Major Howard W. Beal High School in 1946.


He is survived by his four children, Melissa A. Campbell and her husband, Richard of South Paris, ME, Thomas L. Marston of Oxford, MA, Wade A. Marston of Shrewsbury,  MA and Julie-Ann M. Lombardi and her husband, Frank of Merrimack, NH; 9 grandchildren, Cindy, Heather, Kara, Kate, Susan, Erin, Frank, Victoria and Sally; 11 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Amy, Caitlyn, Kelsey, David, Owen, Elinor, Emma, Evan, Nolan and Scarlett and 3 great-great-grandchildren, Brianne, Nicole, and Braden. He is also survived by his brother Bill and sister-in-law, Marion Marston and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


Together, Ed and Elinor worked at Jensen’s Dairy Bar(now know as Dean Park Pizzeria) in the late 1940s , married in 1948 , built the family home and started a family. In 1951, he started working at Heald Machine Company as a piper and became a service representative that traveled the world installing machinery. He retired after 36 years and went to work at Service Network Inc. until 2011.


He was always willing to help others and able to fix/repair/build anything. He was a “doer” He was a man of great integrity, kindness, and compassion. He loved his family and was always there to help as well as to celebrate  family events.  Everyone loved going to camp with him and fish for delicious brook trout.


His hobby was to restore antique vehicles, especially Model T Fords. In the 1960s, there were many family adventures searching for Model T parts all over New England. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren so enjoyed riding in the Model T. Ed and Elinor drove the Model T in town parades and back roads of Central Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine - it was always a wonderful adventure. He was a truly amazing person……”Nothing is so strong as gentleness, Nothing so gentle as real strength “


Visiting Hours are Saturday, September 9 from 9 to 11am in Fay Brothers Life Celebration Home, 1 West Boylston St., West Boylston. A Graveside Service will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the VNA Care Network at

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