LEOMINSTER---Edmund Richard Willrich, 91 years old, of Leominster died Thursday, March 23, 2017 in his home after an illness. He is survived by his step-daughter, Carol L. Reid of Leominster; a cousin, Elaine Kruse of St. Albans, Vermont; and several nieces and nephews. His wife of 43 years, Grace, died in 2001; his sister, Dorothy Herbst, also died in 2001; his brother Kenneth died in 2014; and his step-daughter Barbara L. Reid died in 2008.
Edmund was born in Jamaica, New York, on October 30, 1925, the son of Edmund and Theodora (Rhuel) Willrich, and attended Jamaica High School. He was a Merchant Marine radio operator during World War II, the Marshall Plan, DEW-line construction and the Korean War. He later served in the U.S. Army.
Edmund worked for Raytheon for six years, then joined Sanders Associates in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he worked as an engineering writer and technical editor for 25 years. He retired in 1987.
Edmund was a member of First Church in Leominster (Unitarian Universalist). He was past master of Wilder Lodge AF&AM and the Fitchburg 8th Lodge of Instruction. He also served briefly on the Leominster Council of Aging. He volunteered for several years at the Leominster Senior Center and the Friends of the Leominster Public Library book sales. His eyesight started failing in 2008, and he could not pass the eye test at the RMV. This led to a long and close association with Mr. Paul Thibodeau of Gardner, who acted as his driver and guide.
Cremation and burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Leominster Public Library or to the organization of one’s choice.