John H. Edson, 82, of Falmouth died February 9. He was 82.
He was the husband of Roberta McMorran Edson for nearly 60 years.
Born in Framingham, he was the son of Theodore Rogers Edson of Boston and Beatrice Manning Edson of Worcester.
He attended the Wellesley Public Schools and graduated in 1956. He was a member of the 1961 class of the US Naval Academy and marched at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. After graduation from the Naval Academy, he served on the USS Hartley and USS Guardian.
He retired from the Navy in 1965 and began a career in education. His first job was as assistant headmaster at the Huntington School in Boston. He later served the Department of Defense at the Fort Allen School in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he taught mathematics and coached girls’ basketball for three years. The final phase of his teaching career was teaching grades 7 to 12 at Wellesley Public Schools, sometimes alongside his former teachers.
While teaching, he pursued advanced degrees in education.
He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, swimming, sailing, clamming and camping. He was also an avid reader. After reading Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley,” he and his wife took a cross-country trip to see the National Parks.
In addition to his wife, he leaves two children, Laura Edson Puopolo and her husband, Scott A. Puopolo, of New York City and Falmouth; John E. Edson of Jacksonville, Florida; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of Mary Edson Hunt of Westwood and Theodore M. Edson of Westboro.
Burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery. Final arrangements are planned for the spring.