Edward R. Lord, Jr.

November 17th, 2016

Edward R. Lord, Jr., age 73, of Wilmington, died with dignity on November 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family from complications of Mesothelioma.

Ed was born at home in Reading, MA on July 28, 1943; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Hannah Lord. At the age of 7, Ed moved to Wilmington where he was raised and educated. Ed graduated from Wilmington High School and then enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 28, 1961. He was a veteran of the Cold War participating in the blockade during the Cuban Missile crises. Ed was Honorably discharged on July 17, 1964 and returned home to his family.

Ed married Dolores Whittemore in 1980; the couple raised a wonderful family and had many great times together. He was so proud to have six children and wished he could have had more. Ed loved to take his children camping, hiking, and to the beach; he always enjoyed any outdoor activities. Ed’s family remembers with fondness the cruises to Jamaica and Cozumel and the countless weekends in beautiful Vermont; everyone had a wonderful time. These were some of the best times in Ed’s life when he had all the kids together doing something fun. Ed was also a wonderful teacher and mentor to his children; he taught them to work hard, make your own way, be honest, do for others, love one another, and be a good person. Ed’s life lessons will be carried down from generation to generation.

Ed worked hard his whole life; for more than 39 years he was an Iron Worker for Union Local #7 in Boston. Ed’s work ethic was unwavering; he was conscientious, very dependable, and gave 100 percent every day. Following his retirement, Ed found that he had too much time on his hands so he dabbled in the tree business and at the age of 70 he took on the construction field and built several homes.

Ed was a giver of his time and talents to everyone in need and he was generous to a fault. Ed was always helping someone out in some way; whether it was a ride, help shoveling or plowing, chopping wood, doing repairs, or giving advice; he could always be counted on.

In his spare time, Ed enjoyed lifting weights, body building, and taking good care of himself. Ed was no stranger to hard physical work and he always wanted to be in the best shape possible.

Ed will be fondly remembered as a “standup guy”, he was honest, hardworking, kind, and caring. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and always had their back. Ed will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ed was the beloved father of Mary Elisabeth Lord, Rachel E. LePore & husband Chris, and Donald G. Lord all of Wilmington, Rebecca J. Belland & husband Nicholas of Princeton, Edward R. Lord III of Billerica, Sarah J. Simonton & husband Douglas of Fremont, NH, and David A. Forester of Wilmington, grandfather of Hailey, Gabriel, Raymond, and Douglas. Dear son of the late Edward R. and Hannah (Sparks) Lord, brother of Shirley Arsenault of Middleton, Muriel Belbin of Florida, Donald Lord of Wilmington, the late Barbara Farrell and Ellen Gunkel. Ed is also survived by his companion Sahirah Abdur, many nieces, nephews, and his former wife Dolores Lord of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 20th from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Ed’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington on Monday, November 21st at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Ed’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Edward R. Lord, Jr.”

  1. Mike Doucette says:

    Eddie , was a Good Man -
    TRUE- “to the Workin class “

  2. Kathy Boylen says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Ed has passed. I was just talking to him a couple of weeks ago when Ed III was doing tree work next to my house. Such a nice man. Always spoke to me when he saw me. I am sorry for your loss.

  3. connie Knibbs says:

    I am so sorry. He was a kind hearted man and would help anyone out. He was a friend to everyone. You will be missed Ed. I hope you knew how many people thought you were such a caring and wonderful person.

  4. Frank West says:

    To the Lord Family- Karen and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Ed was a good person. We will keep Ed and the Lord family in our prayers. With deepest sympathy- Karen and Frank West

  5. Susan Howard Burke says:

    I knew this kind man as cousin Obie and didn’t learn of his given name until my Dad passed away. He would come to visit my parents now and then and was always so nice to be around. My condolences to his family and friends — may he rest in eternal peace.

  6. Arthur & Mary Hall says:

    We were very saddened to learn of Eddy’s passing. He was a good guy. Our condolences to all his family.
    Old Friend & Classmate

  7. Larz Neilson says:

    Eddie was an “iron man,” stong, capable and principled. So sad that he’s gone. I came across this story written by Jim Corum, from when they were in the 5th grade at the Buzzell School. Not of great consequence, but it shows the kind of guy he was. — One morning after the bus had dumped us off (and before the 9AM bell rang) I didn’t have a ball, but was tossing my cap up through
    the hoop, making baskets. Well, my hat got stuck up there on the ring.
    Eddie Lord saw my predicament, and tossed his hat up there a few times
    in an attempt to knock mine down. Well, his hat got stuck up on top of
    mine – and there we stood like two dummies with no hats and no way to
    get ‘em down. Steve (“Bones”) Warren came along and we all had a good
    laugh about it. The bell rang, Steve threw his hat up and … fortunately,
    knocked the other two down and we ran across the playground, up the
    hill, and made it in as the last three kids to class. … This was in
    early November of whatever year we were started the 5th grade … 1953 I

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