ST. ALBANS/BERLIN — Edward “Ed” Joseph Pilon, 87, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Central Vermont Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Ed was a lifelong resident of the St. Albans area until his move to Berlin a few years ago. Ed was born in Fairfield on Feb. 23, 1926, the son of the late Joseph P. and Alma Marie (Messier) Pilon.
Ed married the love of his life, Evelyn Ruth Bessette on Oct. 22, 1949. Evelyn predeceased him on May 16, 1999.
Ed joined the United States Army in 1954 and served during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Ed returned to the Central Vermont Railroad. Ed started for the Railroad in August 1947 as a mechanic and went on to become track supervisor. Ed was a dedicated Railroad employee retiring after 39 years of service. Ed was a honorary life member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post No. 1, a member of the National Rifle Association, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 758, life member of the Franklin County Sportsman Club and the North American Hunting Club.
Ed was an avid deer hunter “bagging” many a buck over the years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, son-in-law and grandsons. Ed was an amazing carpenter who could build anything he put his mind to using his own design and plans. Ed enjoyed traveling the back roads of Vermont with his family on a Sunday afternoon looking for woodchucks. Some of Ed’s happiest moments were spending time with his wife Evelyn, his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Rachel A. Pilon Carriveau and her husband, Frank B. of Montpelier, granddaughter, Becky Carriveau; son, Edward A. Pilon and his wife, Debra of Swanton, grandsons, Ian Pilon, Trevor Pilon and his partner Melissa Latimer and great-granddaughter Ella Pilon.
Ed was predeceased by his grandson, Frank Matthew Carriveau on May 3, 2006.
The family wishes to thank the Woodridge Community, where Ed had been living, for their care and concern. A special thank you goes out to each and every “Angel” on Spruce Common that loved and cared for Ed. He made many friends during his stay there.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Woodridge Activity Fund, Attention: Ellen O’Hara, P. O. Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 12 noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 245 Lake Street, St. Albans. There are no calling hours per Ed’s request. Committal prayers and interment with military honors will take place at 2 p.m. on May 16, 2014, in the family lot at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Assisting the family is Rett Heald and staff of the Heald Funeral Home, where private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.