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Edwin P. Story

Edwin P. Story, 88, of 1 Tara Road, Essex, husband of Gloria  (Rieker) Story, died Friday December 10, 2010 in the Kaplan Family Hospice, Danvers, following his brief illness.

Born in Ipswich May 16, 1922, son of the late Lyndon R. and Florence K. (Price) Story, he was raised in Essex, a 1939 graduate of Essex High School and a graduate of Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute. A veteran of WWII, he served proudly as a Staff Sergent in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 6th Bombardment Group at the B-29 Bomber Base on Tinian, Mariana Islands. He was the recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Campaign Medal, the American Theatre Campaign Medal and the Victory Medal. He was a member of the Ipswich VFW Post #1093, Essex Lions Club and was a charter member of the former Essex AMVETS.

Following his honorable discharge he returned to Essex where he gained a reputation as a builder and carpenter taught by his father, a former  Essex shipbuilder. Mr. Story  specialized in restoration work for the Essex Institute in Salem which included the House of Seven Gables and other historic Salem home restorations. He served the Town of Essex as a Cemetery Commissioner for twenty years and as the Town’s Building Inspector for ten years. In later years he turned to horticulture and became known for his greenhouse production of flowering plants, annuals, perennials and vegetable plants, all products of his  Apple Street greenhouse.

In addition to his wife Gloria of forty three years, he is survived by a son, Lyndon R. Story of Essex; two daughters, Kendra, wife of Dr. Kevin Ennis of Danvers and and Lynda, wife of Norman Seppala of Gloucester; two step-daughters, Alicia (Crowley) Piscitello of Gloucester and Roberta Crowley, companion of William Tyack of Wenham. He also  leaves his five grandchildren, Brendan Piscitello of Danvers, Mary Crowley of Wenham, Kaitlyn Piscitello of Gloucester, Devan Story of Danvers, and Robin Garfield of Essex; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the widower of the late Christine Christopher and Louise McKenzie and  was the brother of the late Helen Kopanon formerly of Essex and Martha Anderson formerly of Gloucester. He was the step-father of the late Thomas Crowley formerly of Essex.

His funeral service will be Saturday December 18 at 10 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment with Army Honors in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are also welcomed to an hour of visitation preceding the service from 9 to 10 am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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