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Edward J. “Eddie” Oyler

A Graveside service was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne for Edward J. Olyer, who died peacefully with his loving family and wonderful nursing staff by his side on Wednesday, October 30th at the Bourne Manor in Bourne, after a long illness. He was 72 years old.

Eddie was Bourne in Batavia, New York and was later raised & educated in Elmira, New York. He entered the United States Army in 1966, serving his country proudly during the Vietnam Era. He was discharged in 1968 and was a recipient of the “Purple Heart”. When Eddie returned home to New York, he realized he wanted a change, so he hitched a ride with a truck driver with the destination being Cape Cod, MA. Eddie quickly knew that Falmouth would be his home & he resided there for over 50 years until his passing. It was there he built his life and worked at various gas & repair stations before he began a successful career with the Steamship Authority. He worked in various areas at the Steamship Authority, but most recently, he was in the Parking Area. His bubbly and friendly personality certainly made people feel welcome when coming & going to and from the Cape & Islands. Ed had a zest for life; He was a quiet & friendly man who loved to laugh. If you knew Eddie you may have scratched a lottery ticket with him, had a laugh at the grocery store or even attended an AA meeting with him.

He is the proud & loving father of David Copeland of Cape Cod & Christine L. Murphy of Lynnfield. He is the adored grandfather of Kai Copeland, Alyssa & Daniel Murphy. He is the dear brother of 9 brothers & sisters, living & deceased. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews and extended family and friends. He was loved by many and would always leave you with a smile on your face. If you wish to remember Eddie, go out & buy a scratch ticket, win big & say a prayer for him, he will hear you!


Funeral Services were held privately.


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  1. Bob Young
    Nov 9 2019

    Dear Christine Murphy,
    I was a co-worker of your dad’s at the Steamship Authority. For several years when I parked my car to go to work in the morning, the first person I would see was Ed with a smile on his face and a big good morning. He was always friendly and jovial and really enjoyed his job in Woods Hole. I hope he was in a good place and enjoyed his retirement. I know he liked scratch tickets and hope he won sometimes. Ed was a nice man and was an asset to the Authority.
    Sincerely,
    Bob Young

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