American Veteran 08

Edwin R. Orwat

September 24, 1930 ~ August 18, 2021 (age 90)

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Edwin “Ed” Robert Orwat, age 90, of West Springfield Massachusetts was called to our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 18th at 2:32 PM.  He was born in Chicopee on September 24th, 1930, to the late Jozef and Victoria (Gwizdak) Orwat.  His siblings Edward, Frederick, Henry, and Wanda preceded him in death.  Edwin leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Christine Mary (Gonsky) Orwat and four children, John Joseph Orwat and his partner David Hollar, Elizabeth Anne (Orwat) Moorhead and her husband Clay Moorhead, Mark Edwin Orwat and his wife Celeste (Lareau) Orwat and Matthew William Orwat and his partner Laura Benzinger.  He also leaves behind three beautiful granddaughters, Ann Moorhead, Tessa Orwat and Natalie Orwat and many other family members and friends.   Notably, he will be sorely missed by the “three musketeers”. Ed was a Veteran of the Marines and served during the Korean War.  He was a Civil Engineer and started his career at his father’s construction company, Joseph Orwat and Sons.  Edwin was a fixture in Western Massachusetts and served in many community-oriented organizations including the Marine League, Veteran’s Council, the Knights of Columbus (past Grand Knight of 2212 and Sir Knight of the 4th degree Bishop Williams Assembly), American Legion post 207 in West Springfield and Commanding Officer of the Springfield Power Squadron.  In 2014 Edwin was awarded the ‘Polish Knight of the Year” from the Knights of Columbus and Veteran of the year from the City of West Springfield. Visiting hours are Wednesday, August 25th at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 WESTFIELD ST , W. SPRINGFIELD 9:30 am to 11 am followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St Thomas Church, 47 Pine Street, W. Springfield at 11:30 am.  Edwin will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam at 1 pm followed by a buffet at his favorite eating spot, Memos Restaurant, 1272 Memorial Avenue in West Springfield at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation in memory of Ed to either Parish Cupboard, 738 Main Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 or Springfield Rescue Mission, 10 Mill Street, Springfield, MA 01108.

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August 25, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Toomey- O'Brien Funeral Home
1043 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089

Funeral Mass
August 25, 2021

11:30 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
65 Pine Street
West Springfield, MA 01089

August 25, 2021

1:00 PM
MA Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
1390 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001

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