We are sorry to announce that Eddie Wrobleski passed away on Saturday, August 29th at the Holyoke Soldier’s Home.
Born May 22, 1917 in Hatfield, MA, he was one of two sons of Bronislaw and Josephine Wrobleski, who were Polish onion farmers. He moved to Holyoke and lived in the Battleship, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School 1934 where he was the center for the football team and boxed for the Holyoke Golden Gloves. After high school, he played semi-pro football with the Ramblers and the Springdales and in 1936 spent two years with the Civilian Conservation Corps building Route 20 through to Becket. He attended Bay Path Institute 1937 to 1938. He worked for the American Writing Paper Company and was then employed at Pratt and Whitney.
On May 25, 1942 while employed by Pratt and Whitney, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. He was honorably discharged on January 23, 1946. He was appointed as a Holyoke Reserve Police Officer while serving in the military; was appointed a full time Holyoke Police Officer in 1946 and retired in May 1971. He then worked for the IRS as a Criminal Investigator in the Criminal Fraud Division until June 1984.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen Cisek Wrobleski, of Holyoke who passed away on February 24, 1999 and his companion Evelyn Canova who passed away on June 21, 2008 and his son Daniel E Wrobleski MD, who passed away in 2015.
He leaves a granddaughter, Amanda and great- grandson Finn, of Colorado. He expresses his thanks and gratitude for his friendship with Beth Brogle and Cheryl Labrie and his friends at the Holyoke Senior Center and the Greater Holyoke YMCA . He loved both these places tremendously. Lastly, he and his loved ones would like to thank all the staff of the Holyoke Soldier’s Home for their excellent care and compassion. The three years he spent there were a happy time where he made many DEAR friends and LOVED HIS CAREGIVERS!!! During his COVID episode, Dr. Clinton was especially wonderful and everyone pulled him through!
Ed was a truly amazing individual. He lived so many lives and had so many fantastic experiences. He once said, “I NEVER turned down an opportunity!”
He was tough but just, and loved his city and country.
A private funeral will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020.
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