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Edward Dandrow, Sr.

Funeral Services will be held privately due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, for Edward Dandrow, Sr., who died on Saturday, April 11th at the Cambridge Health Alliance – Everett Hospital, after fallen victim to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus), he was 93 years old.

Edward was born & raised in Waltham. He was educated in the Waltham public schools and at the age of 17, he entered the United States Marine Corps during World War II. His motivation was to join & defend his country and his older brother was doing the same. Edward proudly served and returned home, unfortunately, his brother did not. In 1949, he married his long time love, Barbara D. Cheetham. The couple moved to Revere & remained there while they raised their three sons.  When he returned home from the war, he went to work at the Charlestown Navy Yard. He worked there with his father-in-law and in later years with his son.  Edward was a Crane Operator, working there until 1976. He then took a position with CETA, a federal program that helped troubled youth. Ed was a unique man, he possessed a personality that demonstrated patience, listening & the willingness to help anyone who needed it. His ability to help someone who was troubled and lead them down a different path was who Edward Dandrow was. He wanted to make a difference. Edward also worked at the Wonderland dog Track in the Receiving Department. His tireless work ethic was demonstrated throughout his life. He finally retired from work at the age of 76, after putting in 22 years at the Northeast Regional Vocational School in Wakefield as a Custodian. However, he wasn’t the usual quiet custodian, he engaged with the students very frequently.  He often would be advocating the importance of leading a good life, staying out of trouble and being a good person. Ed gave 110% of himself to anything that he did. Ed was always a man of giving, no matter how big or small. He was a very good friend of Lenny DeMaino and would frequent his restaurant almost daily. For over 20 years, he would dress up as Santa Claus at DeMaino’s Restaurant in Revere & at the Northeast Regional Vocational High School. He was a man of tall stature & large frame but his heart was larger than he was. Ed loved to fish, it was in his DNA. He was a long time Member at the Malden Anglers. He was also one of the founding members of the “Row-Row to Revere” fundraiser, as well as many others. Besides fishing he loved attending Red Sox, Patriots & Bruins sporting events with his sons & their friends.

He is the devoted husband of 59 years of Barbara D. (Cheetham) Dandrow. Loving father of Frederick L. Dandrow & his companion Karen Kelly, Edward Dandrow, Jr. & wife Donna, all of Revere & the Late Robert E. Dandrow. Cherished grandfather of Melissa L. Dandrow & companion Christopher Davis & Jennifer Dandrow, all of Revere. Adored great grandfather of Ayden & Christopher Davis. Dear brother of the late Robert Dandrow. He is also lovingly survived by many friends & extended family. Private interment will take place at Highland Cemetery in Dover, MA.


Funeral Services & Interment in Highland Cemetery, Dover will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105


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  1. Shaye
    May 2 2020

    Ed could make a story out of anything and had a wonderful love for his city and the people who surrounded him. I will never forget how happily he would tell a story about the past, especially if it was about the people he loved. He took great pride in being Santa and his politics. This obituary highlights perfectly how tireless a worker Ed was and how kind he was with his time and to the people around him. I feel blessed to have had the chance to get to know Ed, even if it was just for a short period of his life. He was a loving person, extremely kind with his time and always quick to offer advice or a captivating story. I greatly enjoyed my time being with him. Fred, I am so sorry for the loss of your father, just know that he loved you and your brother so much and would often say so.

    “wherever a beautiful soul has been, there will be a trail of beautiful memories” This makes me think of how wonderful a person Ed was.

  2. Diane Barzykowski
    Apr 30 2020

    Wonderful man I will miss him sitting on the porch and always waving and making conversations with me. He is now in heaven with his wife and son RIP.

  3. Pam Robert Rotondo
    Apr 29 2020

    One of the nicest guys I have ever meet.A decent human being hard worker for me at City Hall in the senior abatement program.He will be missed greatly sincere condolences to the Dandrow family.

  4. Phillip and Betsy Pesce
    Apr 28 2020

    Dear Donna and Eddie,

    We were so truly sorry to hear of your loss of your dad, Eddie. Having lost both of our parents, we have some idea what you and your family are going through, and our hearts go out to all of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and you have our prayers that God will help you all through this difficult time.

    My mother always said that God never gives us more than we can bear, although He may really “test our mettle“ sometimes, as He is surely testing yours and your family’s now.

    I am sure you must have so many happy memories of all of your years with your dad that will help to sustain you now. Continue to talk about him – tell the stories, laugh, cry – and above all, keep him alive in your hearts always.

    With our deepest sympathy and love,
    Cousins Phillip and Betsy Pesce

  5. Phillip and Betsy Pesce
    Apr 28 2020

    Dear Donna and Eddie and family,

    We were so truly sorry to learn of your dad’s passing, Eddie. Having lost both of our parents, we have some idea of what you and your family are going through and our hearts go out to all of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and you have our prayers that God will help you all through this difficult time.

    My mother always said that God never gives us more than we can bear, although He may really “test our mettle” sometimes, as he is surely testing yours and your family’s now.

    I am sure that you have so many happy memories of all of your years with your dad that will help to sustain you now. Continue to talk about him – tell the stories, laugh, cry – and above all, keep him alive in your hearts always.

    With our deepest sympathy and love,
    Cousins Phillip and Betsy Pesce and family

  6. Richard Pasquariello
    Apr 26 2020

    Our condolences to the Dandrow family on the loss of Ed Sr. We will remember Ed as always smiling,always friendly! If he didn’t have time to stop and talk he would always wave to us as he drove down Warren street. Rest In Peace neighbor,Santa.

    Gail&Richard Pasquariello.

  7. Joyce & Tom DiNuccio
    Apr 25 2020

    Freddy, we are sorry to hear about your Dad, we were just talking about him yesterday.
    He was always a great friend and very interested and always very supportive. We will never forget his kindness to all.
    We have many memories of him tucked away in our hearts, those memories will now be our consolation at this very sad time.

  8. Marguerite Bova
    Apr 25 2020

    God bless Mr Dandrow for the wonderful man he was. By reading his obituary, I discovered that my classmate Robert had passed away a few years ago! God bless Robert as well! He was a great friend in our school days and I will always treasure kind memories of him. My sincere condolences to your whole family.

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