EDWARD J. SZADO
MONSON- Edward John Szado, 71, husband, father, grandfather and friend who led a simple hardworking and selfless life, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Ware on November 29, 1948 the son of the late John J. and Margaret I. (Miecnikoski) Szado and graduated from Monson High School in 1966 where he excelled in athletics. He furthered his education at Providence College where he received his BS in Business Administration. Ed played professional baseball reaching Double A Ball from 1970-1975 and was drafted by the Washington Senators and later the Texas Rangers.
He served his country honorably in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for six years. Ed worked for Drakes Bakeries for many years retiring in 2004 after 28 years of servicing his sales route in the area. Ed was a quiet unassuming man who lived a simple life but had a quick wit. He was loyal, ethical, trustworthy and would help his family at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed Fox News, so much that the logo was imprinted in his TV.
His greatest joys in life were watching his children and grandchildren continue the tradition of playing sports. Ed coached baseball, basketball and soccer for his children and was also a member of the Monson Parks and Recreation Department for a number of years. Ed was an avid fisherman and hunter throughout life having started the tradition with his dad. His kids were in the woods and at the streams from the time they could walk. He could frequently be seen at local ball fields playing catch and throwing balls to his sons. Nights and weekends were spent in the backyard playing pickle.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Michele A. (Sabourin) Szado of Monson; his two sons, Craig M. Szado and Hannah Battige of Monson; Curt M. Szado and his wife Kristin Szado of Monson; four adored grandchildren, Molly and Shane Szado and Jordyn and Jack Szado; two sisters, Lynn Siok and her husband Ronald of Sebring, FL; Sandra Hobbs and her husband James of Monson; mother in law, Edna Sabourin of Palmer; uncle, Ted McClosky of Thorndike, MA; aunt Ava McClosky of Monson; brother in law, Raymond Sabourin and his wife Elaine of Palmer; his nieces and nephews, Jill Siok of Atlanta, GA; Kara and Rob Alaimo of MN; Caitlyn and Dominic Torchia of Stamford, CT; Lisa and Bill Allsop of Monson and Scott and Sara Sabourin of Monson. Ed also leaves many great nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Public visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 4-7PM at Lombard Funeral Home, 3 Bridge St., Monson, MA 01057. A public funeral will begin on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 9AM from Lombard’s with a Mass at 10AM in St. Patrick’s Church and followed by the burial in Bethany Cemetery, all in Monson. Floral tributes will be graciously accepted or if friends desire, memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. Please visit www.lombardfuneralhome.com for more details.
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