FRAMINGHAM – Edward Raymond Rogaishio, retired Deputy Fire Chief, after 31 Years of service to the town of Framingham, has passed away at age 89.
Born July 15, 1931 at 134 Arlington Street, Framingham, in his mother’s bedroom. He was the son of the late Peter Paul Rogaishio and Mary Katherine Stalilonis, immigrants from Lithuania, immigrant escapees from the Czar’s Russian Gulag.
Edward is survived by his wife, Eleanor Mary Rogaishio (Bunny Messana), 4 children, Richard Michael of Victorville, CA. Peter Andrew of Holliston, Christopher Edward of Framingham, Rebecca Ann Alexander of Bellingham, Six grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a very large extended family. He was preceded in death by his 5 sisters, Anna Fairbanks, Jennie McRae, Stasia Savage, Ellen Baye, and Mary O’Regan.
His professional education included Fire Department training, courses in first aid, atomic radiation, Light & Heavy Rescue, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, qualified as an instructor at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. He was an active member of the Firefighters Union, Town Government, and the Member Finance Committee.
Edward earned his degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and Associate Degree in Fire Science with highest honors.
After retiring in 1987 Edward became an artist and an author. He was President of the Framingham Artist Guild for 9 1/2 yrs. He was a member of the Falmouth Art Guild, Danforth Museum, and Southboro Arts. He created over 600 fine art oil paintings. Over 1400 prints, many postcards and hand carved walking staffs with all kinds of creative designs, many of which he donated to the senior center and other organizations.
As an artist, he was featured five times in articles in the Framingham News, Metro West Daily News, The Morning Star, the Lomonosov Russia newspaper.
He wrote two books. Midnight to Infinity, the Humor and History of A Mischievous Artist and You Can Survive and Live a Useful Life.
Edward was kind, caring, funny and always had a positive attitude. He never lost his sense of humor!
At the family’s request, funeral services will be private and are entrusted to the Norton Funeral Home, Framingham.