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“Linda, Darryn, and entire Stankard family, I am sorry for this enormous loss. The service was a beautiful tribute, as was the obituary. Thankyou...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Joanne Williams - Franklin, MA

“Uncle Eddie you will truly be missed. Tell my nana ur sister I love her as well as my dad. Love you and rest in peace ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen O'Brien - Cambridge, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad .. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Deborah Catalfamo

“Our condolences to the Stankard Family in memory of the memorable days my husband Steve Connearney and his brother Kevin spent working with Mr....Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Ginger Connearney - Waltham, MA

“My condolences to Janice and the Stankard family. Eddie was a great guy and I really enjoyed working for him wheen I was young. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Kevin Cloherty - Braintree, MA

“Mr. Stankard always had a smile on his face, and always put one on mine! I loved his wit! A great guy, he will be missed. ❤❤ ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Hicks (mcalpine)

“He was a genuine person, honest and talented.I know You will miss him Jan. Ellen and I send our sincerest sympathies, with love ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Ralph Gaudet - Chatham, MA

8 of 12 | Posted by: JAY BIGGINS - WALTHAM, MA

“Janice and familyPlease accept my and my wife's, Susan Clark, deepest sympathyon the death of Ed. A wonderful man and family.he will be missed by...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Philip McCourt - Wellesley, MA

“To Janice and Ed's family I am so sorry on the passing of Ed. I have known Ed since I was in high school. Years latter we re- connected at the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: David Mcgann - MA - Friend

“To the Stankard Family; my deepest condolences on the passing of Edward. I have many fond meoroies of seeing and talking to him when he worked for...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sharif Omer - Holbrook, MA

“Linda, Darryn, and family, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Noah Brother - Friend

Eddie Stankard called his much-loved Waltham, "The City of Choice". Howard Street was his family home that he loved so much and lived at for over eighty-six years. It was the home that he grew up in and lived with his beloved wife Janice and where they raised their five children. It was the neighborhood home where his childrens' friends enjoyed hanging out. In recent years the front porch served as a summer gathering spot for music, refreshing mudslides, and great conversations. His home was always filled with lots of love and memories of many family holidays and gatherings over the years.

Eddie died at home on Wednesday February 17th, 2021 after an illness surrounded by his loved ones. He was 86.

Edward Gillespie Stankard was born April 22nd, 1934 in Waltham. A son of the late Joseph Clement 'Clem' and Gertrude (Cashman) Stankard. A graduate of Waltham High School, he later served in the United States Army. He married Waltham native Janice M. Erikson on May 21, 1961 at Saint Mary's Church. The parish community was a second home and served as a steady anchor which they've cherished throughout their lives.

As a talented mason and plasterer, he took over the family business, M.F. Stankard & Son which was established in 1869 by his grandfather. His father Clem passed the business down to Eddie which he operated until he retired at the age of 78, as planned his son Michael now operates the family business. Many remember fondly, Eddie and Michael working together and exchanging banter on job sites, they were a father & son team for many years.

Eddie enjoyed good conversation, daily reading of many favored newspapers, a James Patterson book, or an autobiography. He was a devout New England Sports fan always watching and cheering on the team in the basement family room. Date nights with Janice, Sunday trips to Hingham, golf, the company of his family and friends, and dining out with a Bacardi and coke in hand were by far his treasured times! Eddie and Janice also enjoyed yearly vacations to Aruba, Florida, and Cape Cod.

He will be lovingly remembered for his devotion to family and the church, his proud Irish heritage, his quick wit and strong will. Eddie always had a humble demeanor, which will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he's survived by their children, Cheryl M. MacDonald (Richard Daisy) of Concord, Linda A. Carroll (Darryn) of Norwood, Deborah A. Hirshom (Robert) of E. Walpole, Donna M. Tetrault (William) of Franklin, and Michael E. Stankard (Lisa) of Waltham; his grandchildren, Kelly MacDonald Arsenault (Ryan), Kara MacDonald, Lauren, Kyle, and Marc Hirshom, Derek and Sean Tetrault, Samantha and Jessica Stankard, Marcus Daisy, Maegan Tetrault, Samantha Davis (Jon); his brother John 'Jack' Stankard (Jacquelyn) of Marlborough; many nieces and nephews with whom he had close relationships.

He was also the brother of the late Joan King (late Donald).

Family and friends will honor Edward's life by gathering for calling hours on Tuesday February 23rd from 4 to 7 pm at The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10 am at Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham. Burial with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Those wishing to view Eddie's Funeral Mass may also do so by visiting on Wednesday February 24th at 10 am.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Mary's Parish, 133 School Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452 or Dana-Farber Cancer institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 or

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Calvary Cemetery

Waltham, MA