Haverhill — Edwin Cassano passed away on November 12, 2013, after a period of declining health.
The youngest of 10 children, he was born on April 10, 1919, in Groveland to James and Anna (Wisnieuski) Cassano. He attended Haverhill schools and graduated from Haverhill High School in 1937. Following graduation, Mr. Cassano was employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Casper, Wyoming where he met his future wife, Margaret “Marge” Marks. They married in 1939 and returned to Haverhill shortly after the birth of their first child.
Mr. Cassano served his country in World War II and was attached to the USS Beckham APA (Auxiliary Personnel Assault) as a member of the boat group (landing craft). During the War, Edwin participated in the Iwo Jima and Okinawa assault landings and was awarded the American Theatre Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Medal with two stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Cassano retired in 1983 after working 40 years for General Electric Company. He and his wife also owned and operated Margie’s Variety Store on Webster Street from 1947-1957. Many area children have fond memories of visiting the store during that time.
Edwin was a former past master of Merrimack Lodge F. & A.M. and Worthy Patron of Fidelity Chapter #90. He was also a member of the Jackson Club for many years. He enjoyed beekeeping and was a member of the Essex County Beekeepers Association, the Essex County Agricultural Society and the Essex County Fruit Growers Association. Ed volunteered for many years at the Topsfield fair in both the bee and fruit growers’ buildings.
Mr. Cassano is survived by his beloved daughter and caregiver, Beverly Cassano of Haverhill with whom he lived. He also leaves his nephew, Robert Cassano of Bedford, New Hampshire and his niece, Terri Brooks and her family of Georgetown.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marge, in 1991, and their sons, Darryle and Joseph in 1988. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Anthony, Joseph, Edmund, Catherine, Elizabeth, Albert, William, Ruth and Arthur.