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Edward J. Riemitis, 95, of North Andover, died Friday at Lawrence General Hospital surrounded by his family.
Edward was born in Lawrence on June 16, 1921, to the late John and Pauline (Mumsia) Riemitis who emigrated from Lithuania and settled in Lawrence. He graduated from Lawrence High School where he discovered his love for baseball and talent as a catcher. He was a dedicated alter boy at Saint Francis Parish in Lawrence. He went on to graduate from the Northeast Broadcast School in Boston, and joined Northeast Airlines as an in-flight radio technician, where he developed a lifelong love of flying. When he traveled, he would always check in with the pilot to see if they needed any extra "help" flying the plane. He founded and became owner of E.J. Riemitis Company Inc. in North Andover, a mobile radio communication company. His love and dedication to his work sustained him well into his retirement, where he would drop by the office daily to offer his help. He was an avid outdoor sportsman, playing golf and skiing into his 80s and tennis until age 90. A member of Cedardale Tennis and the North Andover Lion's Club, he was an avid reader of national news, mystery and political novels, loved travelling to more challenging ski mountains in Utah and Colorado, or vacationing in warmer climates, especially Bermuda. But most of all, he was happiest spending time when surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
The widow of the late Antina (Alosky) Riemitis, Edward is survived by his son, Edward Riemitis of Pelham, N.H.; his three daughters, Marie Pouliot and her husband, Ron of North Andover, Patricia Riemitis and her husband, Robert Cleary of Havard, Mass., and Joan Riemitis and her fiancé, Brad Lever of Chelmsford, Mass. Also among his survivors are his four grandchildren, Mark Riemitis and his wife, Nadia, Jay Riemitis, Nicholas Cleary, Colin Cleary; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Brady, the nursing staff and the entire ICU team at Lawrence General Hospital, Dr. Joseph Rothchild, Dr. Sergio Waxman, and their teams at Lahey Hospital for their kindness, care, and compassion they demonstrated to Edward and the family throughout this time period.
A Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in North Andover. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.
Family and friends may call on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  May 14, 2017
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