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PRUSIK, Edmund Peter "Eddie", 92, beloved husband of Irene Rita [Ross] Prusik, of Randolph, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021. Eddie had lived with Macular Degeneration and
Alzheimers for many years.
Eddie was born in Boston on August 14, 1928. He was the seventh of eight children born to Gregory and Anna [Szwed] {both of Russia/Poland} Prusik. The family lived in Hyde Park.
After graduating from Hyde Park High in 1946, Eddie began his career as a Machinist with Boston Gearworks in Quincy, MA. He retired from the company in 1990.
Often on the shy side, Eddie ventured out with friends to a Polka dance in Cambridge one January night in 1950. That night, he met Irene. She took the lead when ”another guy” asked her to dance. “Eddie already asked” she replied. Onto the dance floor they went, beginning a lifetime of Polka dancing. To witness how they danced in perfect harmony, was magical.
Later that year, Eddie was drafted into the Army. Upon completion of basic training at Fort Devans, they married on July 8, 1951.
September of 1951, Ed was deployed to Germany. He served our country as a Private First Class during the Korean war. He was stationed in Sonthofen with the 74th Army Postal Unit. He once told Keith, his son, that he was a sharpshooter on the mail trucks. He told me he wrote money orders.
The newlyweds were reunited when Irene traveled overseas in February, 1952. During her stay, they visited Switzerland and Italy. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary in Germany. After Eddie returned from Germany, they had their official honeymoon in New Hampshire. Before starting their family in 1956, they went to New York as contestants on “Beat the Clock”
They won a very large TV, which was in Randolph for many years. Eddie continued his celebrity status when he was chosen to bowl on “Candlepins for Cash”.
By 1959, they had their three beautiful children, Sharon, Keith and Laurie. Having outgrown their apartment in Southie, they moved to Randolph in 1960. That same year,
Eddie received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration form Northeastern University
night school. That was quite an achievement for a guy who worked two jobs and participated in raising his family.
There was not much free time for Irene and Ed as a couple, for many years to come. They played Whist with friends and visited family on weekends.
In 1976, they released their travel bug. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Hawaii. You wouldn’t believe how many items in our home had HAWAII on them!
Now that the kids were on there own, Ed and Irene’s travels took off. They visited 22 European countries, 25 United States and sailed on 15 cruises.
Eddie was a man on the move. His generous gift if giving, service and volunteerism was shared with the participants at the Knights of Columbus Bingo. His commitment to the K of C led to him being a Grand Knight and a subsequent 4th degree lifetime member. He also volunteered for the Council on Aging and gave over 20 years to the Randolph Public Library. He and Irene were avid readers . They were pretty good Candlepin bowlers and were on many leagues. Our home was decorated with many of their trophies. Eddie was a lifetime member of the Polish Falcons and the Disabled American Veterans.
Ed and Irene were devout Catholics. As a family, and later on their own, they attended weekly Saturday mass. Even though his eyesight was diminishing, Ed continued to pass the collection baskets. I am sure some of the congregants may remember having to duck!
Eds’ spirit is carried on by his children, Sharon [David] Goldstein of East Greenwich, RI; Keith [Theresa] Prusik of N.Quincy; Laurie [Frank] Messere of Rockland. Grandchildren Lindsay, Jasmine and Alex. Two greatgrand daughters and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by all of his siblings; Blanche Lynch, Sophie Jason, Sabina Demers,Helen Pasco,Stella Buckley, Frank Prusik and Chester Prusik, Edmunds twin.
Visiting hours are from 3 to 7 PM on Thursday, July 1st at the Cartwright Funeral Home at 419 N. Main Street, Randolph. At 9AM Friday morning, the family will be arriving at Cartwrights. A 10 AM Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Marys Church, 211 N. Main Street, Randolph.
Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, 245 North Street, Randolph. Memorial contributions may be made to the BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION, Alzheimers and/or
Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center, Clarksburg, MD 20871, or online at
www.brightfocus.org/donate


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