Edward Francis Mosher II of Norwell, MA died peacefully at his Norwell, MA home on October 16, 2018.
Ed was born on March 10, 1933, in Rockland, ME to Carl F. Mosher and Frances Hall Mosher. He spent his youth in the tight-knit community of Rockland, ME, playing baseball and basketball and fishing off the Rockland pier. A hard worker from the start Ed’s many teenage jobs included caddying at the Samoset Resort, canning sardines at Holmes Packing Co. and ushering at the Strand theater. He spent many a youthful afternoon with friends at Phil Sulides’ local pool hall, where he became an accomplished pool player.
Ed attended Rockland High School and proved to be an exceptional student, graduating in 1951. His academic ability did not go unnoticed and he was recommended for and received a scholarship to Clark University in Worcester, MA.
After attending Clark for two years, Ed took leave to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Army in 1953. Assigned to the Rocky Mountain Cold Weather Training Command in Colorado, Ed became an expert skier and instructor for new troops. After his discharge in 1955, he returned to Clark where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1957.
Upon his graduation from college, Ed began his lifetime career in banking at Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company where he’d enjoy employment for nearly 40 years. In 1972, Ed earned a second degree from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Ed married his first wife, Estelle Harrington in 1958, and they had two sons, Jonathan Paul Mosher and Carl Martin Mosher (deceased). After his retirement from the bank in 1995, Ed and Estelle travelled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Fiji Islands and Hawaii. Ed and Estelle were married for 46 years until her death in 2004.
Ed was a man who embraced a true “Joie de Vivre.” Never without a story, a kind smile, or a generous spirit, Ed cared deeply for his family, his community and the many people he called friends. There was no passion as evident as Ed’s love for his second wife, Carol Altshuler, with whom he shared the last ten years of his life. Together Ed and Carol enjoyed their annual August trips to Spruce Head, ME, winter trips to Tucson, AZ and time spent with grandchildren. Ed was a longtime supporter of the First Parish of Norwell Universalist Unitarian Church and The James Library.
Ed was an avid reader and particularly loved the classics, Civil War history, and the writings of Winston Churchill. He was a lifelong diarist and maintained daily records from 1949 through 2018. Ever the quintessential renaissance man, he continued his love of sports by playing in local softball leagues, golfing and skiing.
Besides his son Jonathan, Ed is survived by his wife, Carol Altshuler; his brother, Arthur (Bud) Mosher and his wife Patricia and their five children, Jeffrey, Christopher, Brendan, Tiffany and Erik, his step-children, Amy Stillion (Cameron), Jordan Ring, and Flynn Salisbury, as well as his step-grandchildren who adored him and whom he adored, Isak, Georgia, Sergey, Isabel, Aidan and Jasper. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Estelle Mosher (Harrington); his son Carl, and his sister Miriam Mosher.
In celebration of Ed’s life, a memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 10:00 am, at First Parish of Norwell Universalist Unitarian, 4 River Road, Norwell, MA.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to The Estelle Mosher Fund at the James Library, Norwell, MA, 02061
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