He was born on July 2, 1931, in Flint, Mich., the son of John and Myrtis Munroe. Ed was raised in Lynn with his younger siblings, Ginny and Bobby. His father, John, was a commercial fisherman on schooners out of Gloucester.
After graduating from Lynn Classical High in 1949, Ed attended MIT and the prestigious General Electric Senior Management Training Program. He married Marjorie Martel in February 1962. Ed spent most of his career as an executive in manufacturing at General Electric and Coppus Engineering in Worcester before moving on to life as a full-time entrepreneur in 1985. Ed and Margie opened 4 Annie’s Book Stores together, selling them in 2006 and retiring full-time to Florida.
Ed was an avid golfer and enjoyed Boston sports teams, writing poetry, reading, dining out and good times among his many lifelong friends and his family.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Margie Munroe; one son, John Munroe and his wife Lee; two daughters, Kristin Parone and her husband Tim and Michelle Brown and her husband Kevin; his brother, Robert Munroe and his wife Velma; and his sister-in-law, Linda Rogers and her husband Wes. He also leaves 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. His beloved sister, Virginia “Ginny” Bolduc, predeceased him in 2018.
He will be dearly missed by family and many lifelong friends, who were there for him until the very end.
Services will be held Monday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m., at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3 John St., Westborough.
Donations can be made to Avow Hospice, Naples, Fla. or St. Matthew’s House, Naples, Fla. in memory of Ed.