Edgar "Ed" Thibodeau, 74, died recently at home in Avon, Connecticut.
Born in Hartford on September 21, 1938, he was the son of Edgar and Dorothy (Viens) Thibodeau. Ed lived in the Hartford area for most of his life, and had resided in Avon for more than 30 years.
He was a seasonal resident of the Vineyard and two of his siblings, his mother, stepfather, and three children spent much of their lives on the Vineyard.
He graduated from Hall High School in West Hartford, and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He later was granted a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ed worked for many years as an aerospace engineer on behalf of United Technologies in Windsor Locks, Conn. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
In his younger years, Ed was an avid tennis player. He loved the natural world and was interested in American history, particularly the Civil War, throughout his life.
He is survived by his three daughters: Heather Thibodeau of Rhode Island, Jessica Thibodeau of New Hampshire and Amanda Adams of Vineyard Haven. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Benoit; four grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his first wife, Patricia Carlet; and a stepson, Michael Godin. Ed was predeceased by his brothers Ronnie and Paul, and by his second wife, Patricia Godin.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on November 9 in the New West Side Cemetery in Edgartown.