Clinton-Edward A. Cecchini, 100, passed away peacefully at Leominster Hospital on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. He is survived by generations of adoring nieces and nephews, notably, Albert N. Cecchini & wife Marie of Holden; Gail A. Callahan & husband Jerry; and Robert P. Cecchini & wife Donna, all of Clinton, and their families. He is pre-deceased by two brothers, Albert P. Cecchini and Nicholas R. Cecchini.
Edward (Ettore) Anthony Cecchini was born in Clinton on June 13, 1921 to Italian immigrants Nicola & Antonietta (D’Onofrio) Cecchini. He graduated from Clinton High School, Class of 1940 and was inducted into military service by the United States Army in 1942. He proudly served our nation in the campaigns of Southern France and Rhineland and returned home safely in 1946. Mr. Cecchini cared most for the well-being of others and pursued his lifelong career in social work, through his position as the Welfare Agent for the Town of Clinton and later as a supervisor with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Worcester Department of Public Welfare, from which he ultimately retired after many years. He was a man of great faith and life member of the former Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Clinton and currently attended St. Joseph the Good Provider Parish in Berlin. A passionate and accomplished musician, Ed played the guitar in several bands in younger years, entertaining crowds throughout the region as a member of the Clinton High School Band and the Jive Kings and later with the Music Makers. In retirement, he accepted an invitation to join the Thayer Symphony Orchestra as a classically trained concert violinist. A silent, generous volunteer and benefactor, he aspired to preserve and protect planet Earth and countless humanitarian efforts through his tremendous contributions to his community and beyond. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 9 until 10:30AM in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM in St. Joseph the Good Provider Church, 52 West St., Berlin. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Guests are respectfully requested to wear a mask while attending all services. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made in memory of Edward A. Cecchini to St. Joseph the Good Provider Church, or to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com
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