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Edward Nichols Wadsworth
April 10, 1937 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Edward Nichols Wadsworth, age 86, passed away at his home in Cohasset, Massachusetts, on
December 24th, 2023. He was loved and treasured by his wife Suzanne (Maloney), his son
Nathaniel (Kate Droste), and his granddaughters Calliope (6) and Clio (1). We was predeceased
by his son Peter and his brother David.
Edward (who went by Ed) was born on April 10th, 1937, to Jerome and Dorothy (Nichols) in
Cohasset. He grew up in the town of his birth, attending local primary schools. A graduate of
Thayer Academy and Harvard College (‘59), he served three years as an officer in the US Navy
stationed in San Diego with tours in the Western Pacific. He subsequently attended The
University of Michigan Law School (‘65) and then returned to the Boston area to practice law.
Ed raised his two boys with his loving wife in the Bay Village neighborhood of Boston. He spent
most of his career at The New England Mutual Life Insurance Company as a corporatetransaction
lawyer before retiring as General Counsel of the asset management group NVest.
Once retired, he obtained a masters degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and
moved back to Cohasset.
Ed was an athlete, remaining active nearly his entire life. At Harvard he earned varsity letters in
squash and baseball (a starting pitcher senior year). He continued to play competitive baseball
while serving in the US Navy. For decades afterwards, played competitive squash at the Harvard
Club and the Tennis & Racquet Club, where he also frequently enjoyed a beer or two with his
friends and competitors. Apart playing squash, he engage in a variety of athletics, including
bicycling, kayaking, and playing court tennis.
Ed took a delight in gardening, especially growing day-lilies, hostas, and ornamental grasses, and
experimenting with various unusual plants. He was particularly fond of bright flowers and plants
with enormous leaves. Ed was also a sports car enthusiast. He owned many small European
convertibles throughout his life, starting with both an Austin and MGA convertibles in college.
Ed was a decent and thoughtful man, and a friend to many. He will be deeply missed by his
family and friends. Should you wish to honor his memory, please consider donating to the
Vermont Law and Graduate School 164 Chelsea St. PO Box 26 South Royalton, VT