Everyone who knew Ed Kohut knows he had a “sweet tooth” and when eating out (which was something he enjoyed) it was the dessert portion of the menu that he perused first. There were many sweet things about Ed…like a few of his notorious ‘Eddie Kohut’ sayings: “Get out of here” or “Your full of Coke” or “Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh.”
Perhaps the sweetest irony is in his death which came unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. After his dinner at 5:30 p.m. with his family, something really sweet for dessert awaited Ed as he sat in his chair and answered the questions out loud to the television gameshow Jeopardy. And then…he quietly ‘went home’ and woke in heaven. He was 81.
Ed was on born October 9, 1937 in Peabody son of the late Veronica Kohut who sadly died when he was just eight years old. Raised by various family members yet there was always a sadness that remained missing his mother through most of his life. Raised and educated in Peabody he graduated with honors from Peabody High School. At Salem Country Club, as a golf caddie to make some needed monies and to also play the sport he would love all his life. He honorably served in the United States Air Force which he felt proclaimed his independence from youth. He married the love of his life Patricia ‘Dayle’ Thompson on April 4, 1964 in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Beverly. They made their much-loved North Shore home in Beverly where they raised their own children and remained by the ocean enjoying in particular, Cape Ann. In later years they divided time between the North Shore, Venice, Florida and Webster with their son, Stephen and family.
He was a numbers guy and used it as his trade in bookkeeping and worked as an office manager, accounts payable and receivable, accounting and tax filings. He had a devoted work ethic and would always willingly go the extra mile.
Retirement afford him time to work as a ‘starter’ at Blissful Meadows Golf Club, Uxbridge during the summer and at Mission Valley Golf and Country Club, Nakomis, FL during the winter. It also meant more time with his wife and family travelling to great tropical places like Cancun, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Punta Gorda and adventures to Nova Scotia, Ireland and his ancestral native land he loved, Poland. The struggle for Ed’s Polish power / heritage was real between he and Dayle’s Irishness to which Ed was granted Easter … and Ed would make a big deal of ‘Polish Easter’. He remained forever proud of his heritage and grateful to have his beloved daughter-in-law guide him through Poland in 2015. When asked how he liked Poland Ed would respond with a huge smile and say “I loved it! … it was great! Downtime for Ed meant more bingo, gambling, crossword puzzles, card games, sitting in the sun, walking and enjoying his for-terriers, Tobin and Bruiser and as of late Faustina’s greyhound, “Abby” as well as a myriad of other activities. Ed was most happiest when he was with his family.
Ed’s faith was forefront all his life. He was active in various parishes, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Beverly, St. Joseph in Webster and Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and instrumental in establishing the bingo at St. Joseph’s Basilica and in his retirement community Venice Isles in Florida. He made his Cursillo on Father’s Day weekend in 2017 and it was a pivotal moment in his faith and life and enriched his relationship, devotion and love for God. …. DeColores! Happy 5th Day Ed!
He is going to be remembered as a genuine and generous gentleman who was beloved by so many family and friends. He’ll also be remembered by his favorite color blue and the florescent orange and lime green outfits he would adorn with his big ‘Ed Kohut’ grin! Ed Kohut was one of the good guys!
In addition to his wife of 55 years, Dayle, he leaves their children, Pamela L. Guldbrandsen (Lars) of Bradford, MA and Deacon Stephen Thompson Kohut (Sylwia) of Webster; his grandchildren, Erik and Meghan Gulbrandsen of Bradford, Nicholas Edward Gulbrandsen of San Jose, CA and Faustina Kohut of Webster; his sister Barbara Emerson of Wolfboro, New Hampshire; his brother-in-law Paul B. Thompson (Catherine B.) of Georgetown, MA; nieces & nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Edward’s life by gathering with the family for calling hours in Ed’s beloved parish; Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward Street, Worcester, on Monday, September 2nd from 2 to 5 p.m. followed by his Funeral Mass celebrated at 5 p.m. A private family burial will take place Tuesday in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Salem.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Renovation Fund, 34 Ward Street, Worcester, MA 01610.