OBITUARY

Edward J. Gottmann

March 5, 1940January 8, 2021

Edward J. Gottmann, 80, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully in the surroundings of his home on Friday, January 8, 2021, with his wife, daughter, and son in-law at his side.

He was born in Queens, NY, to Henry and Emily Gottmann on March 5th, 1940. After finishing high school, he briefly joined William Esty before entering the United States Army. He was stationed in California for several years before returning to New York where he met the love of his life, Mary. They were married in 1967 and resided in Merrick, NY, with their daughter Elizabeth until 1977. He then moved, with his family, to Sudbury to open the Boston office of Katz Communications. He retired from Katz in 1988 after 20 plus years of service as a radio advertising vice president.

Soon after, he threw himself into community service for the town of Sudbury. He began driving for Meals on Wheels and F.I.S.H and later founded the Sudbury Community Food Pantry. He then turned his efforts to the Sudbury Senior Center, where he was the Volunteer Coordinator for nearly 20 years. During this time, he spearheaded many initiatives such as Fix-it, Friendly Visitors, Medical Equipment Loan Closet, Lockbox, Sand Bucket and Lawn Clean-Up. Whenever someone in town needed something to be done, he always found a way to make it happen. He touched many people with his kindness and made the world a better place.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents and dear sister, Rita Long and her husband James. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Mary (Karl) Gottmann; his loving daughter Elizabeth Gottmann-Hanrahan, her husband Craig, and two beautiful grandchildren, Emma and Ava, of Billerica, MA; his beloved brother Henry Gottmann and wife Kathleen of Ramsey, NJ; and his many wonderful nieces and nephews and their families.

In light of the current pandemic, and our care and concern for family and friends, services are private. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date, when it is safe to gather in larger numbers.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Ed’s most cherished concerns are appreciated: Sudbury Community Food Pantry at PO Box 751, Sudbury, MA, 01776, or to the Friends of the Sudbury Senior Citizens, in care of the Sudbury Senior Center, 40 Fairbanks Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776.

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June Popielarz

April 13, 2021

I got to know Ed when my father came to live with me. Eventually we needed bathroom grips, a lockbox, and finally a walker for my dad and Ed was always there to help. I appreciated all that he did for us and his pleasant personality. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Emily J Hurstak

January 18, 2021

Surely Ed deserves the title “Good Samaritan”, for so many years a very caring presence in Sudbury, never too busy to assist the individuals in his community. In addition to his kindness, he was fun to be around, & his organizational skills were detailed, even to the preparation of rules & regs for his beloved poker games.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him...
Bob & Emily Hurstak

Judy Gross

January 18, 2021

I met Ed after having total knee replacement surgeries. He helped me pick out equipment from the loan closet that was very useful for my recovery.

There is a friendly visitor program at the Sudbury Senior center. I visited weekly with a wonderful couple. After the husband died, I became extremely close to the wife. I said to her, “I feel like we are related.” And she said, “Judy, we are related.”
We were together for over twelve years! (Thanks, Ed for the introduction).

Whenever I would see Ed, usually at CVS, he always inquired about her.
He also made frequent calls to me to check up on her.

Ed would do just about anything for anyone with a cheerful smile. He did things for people because he wanted to, not because he had to. He was a true humanitarian.
He always honored our temple. He initiated new programs at the SSC that are still being used now. He always had a listening ear. He was one of the kindness and most optimistic. Our town was so fortunate to have him here.
He will be missed.

May his memory be a blessing.

John Thomas

January 15, 2021

My dad introduced me to Ed back in the 90's, the guy who recruited him into picking up ice cream at the Sealtest factory, soon after the Sudbury Food Pantry started. Ed then roped my dad into the senior center's fix-it brigade. Now I'm a volunteer at the Pantry and my daughter has put in a few shifts as well. Ed's legacy lives on - my heart goes out to his family.

Sue Rushfirth

January 14, 2021

I met Ed at the end of his career when I worked as a physical therapist for Parmenter Homecare. Our patients benefitted enormously from the equipment loan closet and Ed’s kindness and his willingness to go above and beyond were noteworthy.
He gave so much to the town. May he Rest In Peace,

james alexander

January 13, 2021

Ed is our neighbor just a few houses away. He took his walks by our house and would talk from time to time. He helped us with supplying needs for my elderly father. He's a good man and will be remembered for his selfless service in Sudbury.

Georgette Heerwagen

January 13, 2021

I came to know Ed through volunteering with FISH. He was always so gracious and thankful to volunteers even if they couldn't help when he needed them. He gave so much to the community and he will be sorely missed by those he touched. The world would be a better place if there were more people like Ed. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Ann Vanderslice

January 13, 2021

Thank you Edward Gottmann. You were so helpful to us on many occasions.
Rest In Peace.
The Vanderslice Family

Dave and Rachel Long

January 12, 2021

Uncle Ed will be missed- his empathy, curiosity, intellect, compassion and sense of humor made him an uncle that the Long family was blessed to have in our lives. We love you.

Bonnie Powell

January 11, 2021

Deepest sympathies go out to Mary, Liz and the rest of Ed's close family from Houston Powell and his family. Ed was a good soul and made so many contributions to the community. The Powell family will remember him as a good friend to all.

FROM THE FAMILY