Edward Joseph "Skeets"'s Story

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Edward J. “Skeets” Scanlon died May 17, 2017 at the Haverhill Hospice House surrounded by family.
He was born in Lawrence, on March 19, 1931 the son of the late Mary and Edward Scanlon and lived there until 1959 . He was predeceased by his son, Kevin Michael Scanlon and sister, Marilyn. He is survived by his sister, Rita McGreevey and his children, KellyAnne Scanlon of New York, Timothy Joseph Scanlon and wife, Maureen of Groton, Mass., Sharon (Scanlon) Crowley of Amesbury and Maureen Mulcahy of Haverhill as well as grandchildren, Carl, Michael, Colleen, Meghan, Griffin, Patrick and Erin.
Skeets attended Lawrence Schools and graduated from Central Catholic High School where he captained the baseball team and was honored as an outstanding catcher in the Merrimack Valley. After graduating from Central Catholic in 1949, Skeets signed a pro baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Skeets served with the United States Navy Seabees during the Korean War. He was the Business Agent for Local 283, Plumbers and Pipefitters for 21 years and was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters International Union. He served as a reserve patrolman, the Plumbing and Gas Inspector and as an elected official on the Board of Health all in North Andover. He was President of New England Pipe Trades Association.
Skeets resided in North Andover from 1959 through 1991 when he moved to Methuen and West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Scanlon was a member of the North Andover VFW and American Legion as well as the Disabled American Veterans of Lawrence.
Family and friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA 01845. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday 10 a.m. at St. Michael Church in North Andover. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  May 19, 2017
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