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Ed Kopec

Ed Kopec

Edward J. Kopec, 91, passed peacefully at his home on May 30, 2014 in Groton. He was born in West Groton on April 18, 1923, son of the late Frank and Frances Zalesney Kopec. He was the husband of the late Mary Fitzgerald Kopec, who died in 2012.

Ed grew up in West Groton and was a graduate of Groton High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and served in Midland, Texas as an Instructional Pilot during World War II. He served in the Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1983. He worked for the United States Postal Service for many years.

Mr. Kopec served the Town of Groton as an assessor for more than 10 years, a member of the Groton Fire Department for 30 years, and as Commander and Past Commander of the Laurence E. Gay Post of the American Legion. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Groton and St. James Church in West Groton. Ed loved working in his yard and the earth, and loved caning seats and chairs.

His survivors include a son, David L Kopec of Westford; a daughter, Joan P. MacGregor of Littleton; a brother, Stanley Kopec, of West Groton; a sister, Helen Rooks of Westford; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Edward Kopec, brother of the late Stephanie Tedesco, and grandfather of the late Andrea Kopec.

Visiting hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton on Tuesday June 3, from 5-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace worshipping at St. James Church, St. James Avenue, West Groton, on Wednesday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Groton Cemetery, Groton.

The Groton Line published a profile of Lt. Colonel Kopec last year.