On Friday, December 6th, 2019, Edward Florian Murawski, loving husband, father of 4 and grandfather of 5 passed away at age 88 from a long battle with cancer.
Edward was born on September 28th, 1931 in Ipswich, MA to Polish immigrant parents Florian and Jadwiga Murawski. He was the youngest of 6 children starting with Beatrice, Mary, Tony, Casmier and Teddy. On October 17th, 1976, Edward married Diane (Cutraro) Murawski and they gave birth to two children, Anthony and Matthew. The arrival of their two sons added to an already beautiful family of two children, John and Christina Baran.
Edward was a Korean War veteran and was awarded the title of Seaman 1st class from the Navy. He saw active duty, serving on both the USS J.C. Owens (destroyer) and the USS Dogfish (submarine). He nearly lost his life when a Korean instillation struck the side of a destroyer, feet from where he was standing, and ripped a whole the size of a wine barrel in the side of the vessel. He credited his strong Catholic faith, which he maintained throughout his entire life, for saving him that day. Additionally, he was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ipswich, MA.
Edward was an avid outdoorsman, any one of his outsized hunting stories of moose, bears and/or deer would illustrate how much he loved nature. He recently told me he had seen “thousands of moose in his lifetime.” When he wasn’t hunting, his next great hobby was fishing, both fly fishing in Alaska for salmon and surf casting for stripers and bluefish along Crane’s beach shores in the summer. At various points in his life, Edward dug the world-famous Ipswich steamed clams that we all love in the summertime. He and friends Charlie, Jeep and others told stories of their harvests and how they would outrun the warden when they dug too many clams. He told me many times, “Matthew, there will always be clams!” My dad was a humble, devout, spiritual man who taught me many valuable life lessons. You will be missed tremendously; we love you very much.
Edward is survived by his wife Diane and his 4 children.
A funeral mass will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on 52 Main St, Essex, MA on Thursday, December 12th at 11am. There will be no visiting hours. Interment will take place in the Spring, 2020 In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice house on 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA. Assisting the Murawski family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a condolence to the family please go to: MorrisFH.com .
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