MANCHESTER, CONN. – Edmund O’Neil Plourde, 89, beloved husband of Mary (Smith) Plourde, went home to the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by his family in Manchester, Conn. He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Eagle Lake.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, longtime truck driver and diesel mechanic, receiving the Million Mile Safety Award. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman, a proud member of the Yankee Airboat Rescue Team and longtime member of Loyal Order of the Moose.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, he leaves his children, Helen Frechette and husband, Ronald, Patsy Jones and husband, Alden, Ronald McGinley, Ethel Walsh, Marilyn Plourde and Clayton and wife, Marsha Plourde; grandchildren, Angel, Billie-Jo, Michael, Christina, Stacy and Lisa; as well as great-grandchildren, Crystal, Hailie, Ryker and Eason.
Family and friends may gather 9 a.m. Saturday at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, Conn. A Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church, 896 Main St., Manchester, Conn. Burial will be private. His family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com.