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NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Edward M. Dargan, 93, of North Andover, Mass., and Hampton, N.H., died surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Wingate of Haverhill, Haverhill, Mass. He was born in Westwood, Mass., May 9, 1924, to the late Martin and Eileen (Power) Dargan, and to his family was known as "Sonny."
Edward was raised in Westwood, Mass., graduating from Westwood schools, including Westwood High School. He was a three-sport athlete, and a member of the Westwood High School Athletics Hall of Fame. After graduation he joined the Naval Air Force, and U.S. Navy Reserve, and completed his tour of duty as a member of the Air Crew, and a traffic controller with the Marines.
Edward entered the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 1947 (Class 31 RTT), the first class following World War II. He served in all four troops, including Logan Airport for five years. He was the first Sergeant gent at the State Police Foxboro Barracks. He relocated his family to North Andover, Mass., in 1958, assigned as Sergeant to run the Andover State Police Barracks. And he was also honored to be part of the motorcycle brigade for the opening ceremony of Route 128. After he retired from the State Police in 1968, as a Lieutenant, he went on to work for a law firm, Bingham, Dana, and Gould, in Boston, Mass., as its chief investigator. In 1970, he went to work for Dr. Land, at Polaroid, in Cambridge, Mass., as a security supervisor. He then joined the MIT Campus Police in Cambridge, Mass., in 1975, where he also earned his EMT certification. He enjoyed working with this fellow officers, professors, and students. He retired from the MIT Campus Police in 1986.
Edward was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Pius X Assembly #404, Fourth Degree. He was a member of St. Michael's Parish, and also a member of the American Legion in North Andover.
In his retirement, Edward took pride in providing for his family, traveling, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Edward was a friend to all and loved by many. He will be greatly missed.
Edward was the widow of Mildred (Poloian) Dargan. Edward was predeceased by his brother, James Dargan, of Westwood, Mass., and his sister Dorothy (Dargan) O'Toole, of Westwood, Mass. Edward is survived by his sons, Timothy E. Dargan, and wife, Christine, of Andover, and William R. Dargan of North Andover, his daughters Karen E. (Dargan) Mulcahy of North Andover, and Nancy D. Dargan of New Market, NH. Sisters Eileen E.Dargan of Westwood, MA and Elizabeth I. (Dargan)Vitelli of Dedham, MA. Grandchildren James Potter Jr. and fiance Kristin of Huntsville, AL , Brynn (Potter) Koulovatos and husband AJ of New Market, NH, Edward ,Gavin and Jack Potter of New Market, NH, Erin Mulcahy of North Andover, Mass., Joseph Mulcahy, Jr., of Alexandria, Va., Timothy Dargan, Jr., and wife, Laura, of Newport, R.I., Kaitlin (Dargan) Phinney, of North Andover, Kerrie (Dargan) Burke, and husband, Brendan, of South Boston, Mass., and Shannon Dargan. of Andover, Mass. Great-grandchildren, Riley, and Luke Phinney, of North Andover, Mass; several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lawrence General Hospital for their care and support, and Wingate of Haverhill in Haverhill, Mass. The Merrimack Valley Hospice, provided their support during the difficult times. St. Michael's Church, and Elder Services were also very supportive over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover, Mass. For online contributions please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, #9, Lawrence, MA 01843.
Published on January 30, 2018
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