John Edwin Veasey


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Haverhill - John Edwin Veasey, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, passed away in the company of his family on June 27, 2019 at his home on Brockton, Ave.
Born February 17, 1930 to Decia Beebe and Arthur Hale Veasey, John Edwin grew up at 5 Windsor Street in Haverhill with three siblings, Arthur Hale Veasey, Jr., Decius Beebe Veasey, and Katherine Ensign Veasey. Affectionately known to his friends and loved ones as "Ed" or "Eddie", he devoted his life to his family, country, friends, and community.
Ed attended high school at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA and graduated in 1949. He enrolled at Syracuse University and joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity, eventually becoming President of the Phi Gamma Chapter of DKE. He enjoyed a stellar career on the varsity lacrosse team, rounding out an All-American squad as a high- scoring midfielder. While at school, Ed also had the profound pleasure to meet and court Zoe Mary Marshall, a young woman from Munnsville, NY, who quickly became the love of his life. The two graduated in 1953 and were married shortly thereafter.
Upon graduating, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and underwent basic training at Paris Island, SC. He became a 1st Lieutenant while stationed at Quantico, VA, and spent nine months of his commitment as an embarkation officer in Japan. He thoroughly enjoyed his time as a proud member of the Marines.
After leaving the service, Ed took a job as a mortgage teller at the Haverhill Savings Bank, and eventually enrolled in the Graduate School of Savings Banking at Brown University. He obtained his degree, and assumed the role of Vice President of the Family Mutual Savings Bank, and later, became the Director of TB Banknorth, a position he held until his mandatory retirement at age 72.
While at the bank, Ed, with the help of his wife and two business partners, founded Cedardale, a 4-court tennis club on Boston Road in Haverhill in 1971. Together, they grew the club from humble roots into one of the largest and most successful multi-purpose health and fitness clubs in the country, and a true fixture in the Merrimack Valley. Ed was intimately involved at Cedardale from the beginning, and with his family, he actively managed a two-year rebuild and reopening after the original building burnt down in the winter of 2017.
In addition to serving his country, Ed was very active in his community. He was a Freemason and member of Merrimack Lodge F. & A.M. and served on the Board of Trustees of the Haverhill Public Library for many years. He also gave his time as the President of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and was involved with the Haverhill Rotary Club. Ed also loved his many years with the Monday Evening Club, a 25 member group that has been active in Haverhill since 1860.
In his free time, Ed enjoyed an unparalleled ardency for sailing, a lifelong passion that he excitedly shared with everyone he knew. He skippered many cruises in his lifetime, including adventures to Alaska, Bermuda, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. Every summer he could be found at the helm of the "Thistle" and the "Zoe Mary", named for his wife and devoted first mate, plying the waters around Squirrel Island, Maine, where he spent his summers at the Veasey family vacation home.
In the wintertime, enjoyed weekends in North Conway, NH, pursuing his other passion - skiing the slopes of Bretton Woods and Wildcat Mountains. He was also an avid tennis player and could be found on the courts at Cedardale nearly every day.
Ed is survived by his wife, Zoe, and five children; Ada McKenzie, Valerie Veasey, John Veasey, Jr., Kate Sirois, and Carolyn Jackson. He is also survived by his thirteen loving grandchildren; Bryce McKenzie, Marshall McKenzie, Grace Veasey, Katie Veasey, Addie McKenzie, Zoe McKenzie, Edwin Sirois, Lucille Sirois, Leland Sirois, Lawson Sirois, Beebe Jackson, Veasey Jackson, and Liberty Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, Ed and his family have requested donations be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, and the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill will be private. Messages of condolence may be sent to
Published on June 28, 2019
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15 posts

Frank Quintiliani
Jul 04, 2019
Very sorry for your loss!
Lisa Freitas
Jun 30, 2019
Zoe, we were so sad to hear the news of Ed’s passing. We enjoyed playing beside you, Ed and your group for so many years and will miss that for sure. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.
Brad Fournier and Lisa Freitas
Scott & Sacristy Skafas
Jun 30, 2019
Our deepest condolences to you Zoe and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️
Ralph & Marilyn Jenkins
Jun 30, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you Zoe and all your family. Ed was an extraordinary man who knew how to live life to the fullest, he will be sadly missed by everyone.
Susan Hersey
Jun 29, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️
Tom Ferlito DMD
Jun 29, 2019
Rest in peace and may God bless you and give your children and grandchildren the strength to deal with your passing. Cedardale is a second home to myself and so many others. Thank you for the perseverance and vision to overcome adversity and rebuild. Thank you for placing trust in me to care for the orthodontic health of so many of your grandchildren.
Rebecca Mcgregor-Bishop
Jun 29, 2019
My condolences to all the Veasey family.
Thanks you Ed for all the wonderful years I spent at Cederdale playing racquetball.
May you R.I.P.
Nicholas Hantzis
Jun 29, 2019
My deepest regrets to the Veasey Family. Ed was a wonderful man who enriched so many!! May he Rest In Peace.
Valerie Zdrada
Jun 29, 2019
Sorry for your loss, our sincere condolences.
The Zdrada Family
Mary Lou McKenzie
Jun 29, 2019
What a kind, gentle , happy and great man ! Hugs and love to you all .
Marsha V. Kazarosian
Jun 29, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Ed's passing. He was an extraordinary man. My father enjoyed spending time with him as a fellow member of the Monday Evening Club and held him in the highest regard, as did anyone who knew him. He left behind a beautiful legacy of family and community commitment. My heartfelt condolences.
Jeanne Canovitch
Jun 29, 2019
So sorry for your loss, I did work for Mr. Veasey at Haverhill Savings Bank and I was also a member at Cedardale for years.
My condolences to all the family
Andi Faro
Jun 28, 2019
Ed, you always made us laugh, & I'll treasure the wonderful memories! thank you for all you did for us at the club! Your an amazing, quality person! until we meet again! RIP
Sue Finn
Jun 28, 2019
Kevin Schiavoni
Jun 28, 2019
Ed will always be remembered for his kindness and smile. His spirit will live on forever.