Edward Michael Bird

Born: Tue., Jan. 1, 1946
Died: Sat., Mar. 2, 2019

Funeral Service


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 11, 2019
Location: Brandon Location

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Edward Michael Bird, born January 1, 1946 to Stanley and Edith (Picucci) Bird, was a remarkable man. If you are reading this, you likely knew him and know how special he was to those around him. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a loyal man, true to those he loved and true to what he believed in.

Ed grew up in Forest Dale, Vermont, a mischievous boy without fear. He and his brother, Richard (Dick) Bird, and childhood friends made “the Hollow” their turf. They explored, got in trouble, and made lifelong friends by standing up for one another, no matter the cost. He loved his childhood, and those he shared it with.

When Ed reached the eighth grade he fell in love with a girl with a long, dark ponytail riding her bicycle. At the age of 14, he committed his love to Dorothy Buzzell, and married her three years later. It was the beginning of a love story that fulfilled him throughout his 73 years. Ed and Dorothy spent 57 years holding one another’s hand, and heart, nearly 54 of those years as husband and wife.

Ed was a standout athlete throughout high school, earning him notable attention for his pitching prowess. His demonstrated skill afforded him the opportunity to try out for the Boston Red Sox, where he played with some of today’s Hall of Fame legends. He was humble, despite this uncommon experience, and rarely talked about just how good he really was.

When Ed didn’t get signed as a professional baseball player he decided to sign on for something more important; he enlisted in the United States Navy. After marrying Dorothy on April 4, 1964, he deployed to the Phillipines to serve our country during the Vietnam War. Dorothy relocated to the Phillipine Islands, where they welcomed their son, Glenn. Glenn was a joyful gift during a time when Ed lost dear friends to the war. His fallen comrades never left his heart. While serving our country, Ed acquired his lifelong professional accreditation of a Master Electrician.

After returning from service, Ed and Dorothy returned to Forest Dale, Vermont and welcomed their daughter, Stacey. Ed worked tirelessly under out of state electrical contract jobs, tried his hand at business ownership with a local store as well as a deli and snack bar, then to OMYA for several years before finding his fit, alongside Dorothy, at New England Woodcraft. After nearly 30 years of service at New England Woodcraft, and numerous friendships made, Ed retired in 2009.

Ed’s love of sports was a constant throughout his life. Ed earned a black belt in karate, played men’s league ice hockey and he was also an avid golfer. He once shot a hole in one at Neshobe Country Club’s Whalen Open, a tournament he loved to share with his son and friends. It was there he earned the name “Buckles” from a special friend, Harmon Thurston. Ed also spent many years hunting and fishing. In 2014 Ed was inducted into the Otter Valley Hall of Fame as a standout high school athlete and he was honored again in 2015 as a member of the remarkably talented 1963 Otter Valley Baseball Team for their State Championship season.

Ed loved to cook and was famous for amazing dinners, desserts and sharing of recipes. His Italian heritage encouraged cooking for a party of forty when there were only six expected, loud “conversations” and always, always wine. Bringing people together with food, and wine, was a basic comfort that grew more important with age.

Photography was a hobby Ed enjoyed throughout his life and he spent countless hours capturing people, wildlife and landscapes with his camera. Photography was a love that was instilled in him by his father, and he passed it to his children and grandchildren.

Music also touched Ed’s soul and he spent years teaching himself how to play a little banjo and guitar. Ed was well known for figuring things out on his own, and this was no exception. He enjoyed playing what he knew and had big plans for learning what he didn’t.

Ed dearly loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He offered them safety, taught them self-assurance, explained the importance of respect and loyalty, and always encouraged them to be the best they could be. It was always based in being good to one another and expecting the same in return. One of his greatest joys was watching them play sports, first his children and then his grandchildren. He never missed a game that he was able to get to. He was their biggest fan, always encouraging them and giving them advice, whether they wanted it, or not. Without a doubt, he loved watching them play and it kept him connected to sports. Ed could be a little tough on the officials, but only when they were wrong.

Ed’s later years were significantly impacted by his health. Despite his limitations he did absolutely all he could physically do to actively participate in the lives of his family and friends. Ed never gave up on those he loved.

Ed’s family was blessed with the opportunity to say goodbye to a man they all loved dearly. He used the last moments of his life to tell his wife, children, and grandchildren how much he loved them and asked them to “get along.” After a full life of 73 years, it all comes back to taking care of one another. Yes, he was a remarkable man.

Ed passed away, surrounded by those who loved him most, on March 2, 2019. Ed is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Dorothy, his brother, Richard Bird and sister-in-law Carol, his son, Glenn Bird and Julie Delaney, his daughter, Stacey Edmunds and Lyle Decker, grandchildren Maia Edmunds, Alia Edmunds, Skyler Bird, Regan Bird, Kelsey Foley and husband Jeff Foley, and great grandchildren Noah Sandoval and Melody Foley. He is also survived by Ross Edmunds, niece Melissa Mead and her children Lesley and Nicholas, niece and nephew Robyn and Steve Leffler and their children Zachary and Emily and dear friends Jim and Charlene Bryant.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon, VT. A service will be planned for July as his brother and granddaughter are not able to attend on March 11, 2019. Please consider joining Ed’s family in July to celebrate his life, honor the many relationships that meant so much to him, and share some food, and maybe some wine, in his memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon, VT www.millerandketchamfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vermont Veteran’s Home, Business Office, 325 North Street, Bennington, VT. Please indicate to which fund(s) you are donating to, such as Members Assistance or the Activities Fund.


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   Posted Thu March 07, 2019

Nora and Lou Giglio
   Posted Thu March 07, 2019
What a beautiful eulogy and what a beautiful man. Will remember our trips to Vermont and the warm welcome there for all of us. I especially liked the part of Eddie giving the refs a hard time - seems to me that he got that from Edie Bird! Our deepest sympathy to you all.

cecelia bishop
   Posted Thu March 07, 2019
So sorry for this loss I have fond memories of my friendship with Ed and Dorthy from our years in high school both at Brandon and Otter Valley. I am so happy that I got to spend some time with both of you at the last reunion You will be thought of often

Lynda Bonanno
   Posted Thu March 07, 2019
I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Ed's death. He gave us such joy as a star athlete at OVUHS. Beautiful eulogy.
Lynn MacMurtry Bonanno

Amy Ricard Frederick
   Posted Thu March 07, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy to the Family of Eddie, who was one of the best neighbors I ever knew along with rest of family. Dont know how to easy your pain, but my prayers to you!!!

Judy Bird Mott
   Posted Thu March 07, 2019
My siblings and I grew up with Eddie in Forestdale. He was a great cousin and big brother to Linda,Shelley and myself. We loved going to his basketball and baseball games at OVUHS. We always got together at Christmas and I have so many great memories. When Dorothy came into our family of Birds I immediately understood what a special lady he had in his life. I got to work with Dorothy and enjoy her infectious laugh, beautiful smile and Christmas shopping! Eddie always let you know where he stood but I loved that about him. We all got busy with our own families later on in life but Eddie always had a special place in my heart. My deepest love goes out to his family! Bless all of you.

Joe and Cheryl Brutkoski
   Posted Thu March 07, 2019
Joe and I want to express our deepest Sympathy in the loss of Eddie ,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time . I didn't know him but, Joe told me he was a wonderful man with a wonderful family..May he rest and peace

Joe and Cheryl Brutkoski

Moore family
   Posted Fri March 08, 2019
Beautiful obituary - what a great man! Our heartfelt condolences to the family and the Brandon community. Our prayers are with you all.

Sandra Brutkoski
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
--Abraham Lincoln

Sending sympathy to Ed's family in the loss of their loved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Brother. Sandy Brutkoski

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