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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Edward Towsley

Edward Thomas Towsley

November 14, 1942 - October 10, 2020
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Edward Thomas Towsley, 77, a lifelong resident of the State of New York died after a brief illness on October 10, 2020, at Westchester Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Son of the late William and Mary (Bryce) Towsley, Edward was born in the Bronx, NY on November 14, 1942. Edward married Valerie (Palmer) Towsley at Saint Bernard’s Church in Levittown, NY, on July 3, 1965, and relocated with Valerie to Dutchess County, NY. Edward is survived by his brother Michael Towsley (Patrice), his sisters, Christine Meglio (Louis) and Georgia Mundie (John), his brother in law, Ronald Palmer (Diane), his five children, Jennifer Houle (Andy), Dana Masullo (Jim), Valerie Anne Capalbo (Roland), Joachim Towsley (Amanda) and Lee Towsley (Chrissy) and his 15 grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Rebecca (Daniel Wood), Melissa, Marguerite, Gabrielle, Alexandra, Anthony, Espen, Andy, Kobie, Casey, Brady, Elainah and Dylan and many nieces and nephews. Edward is predeceased by his wife, Valerie Palmer Towsley.

Edward attended Marist Brothers Seminary in Esopus, NY, and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Edward had several careers including as a photographer, a chemist, a quality control manager, a help desk operator, and as an expert for several agencies assisting people with navigating the web of Medicare coverage.

Edward was an avid photographer both professionally and as a hobby. Edward also loved his train sets, building a large model that traveled through walls in the family home, and when he and Valerie moved to a senior living apartment, building a smaller model there too. He had a dry sometimes sarcastic sense of humor and strong political views from which he did not waver. He had deep religious beliefs and was an active Catholic for most of his life. He was a determined, smart man who lived life how he chose right until the very end.

He loved classic movies and Yankees baseball, watching the same games over and over if there weren’t new ones scheduled. He loved sitting on the beach in Cape Cod and visited there for family vacations when his children were small. He continued to visit several times a year with his wife Valerie for many years. He was loved and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all he helped over the years.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 5-7 PM at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home followed by burial at St. Denis Cemetery. In compliance with NYS guidelines, social distancing and face masks will be required.

Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. Please visit his Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, October 12, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:00am
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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  • Interment

    St. Denis Cemetery
    604 Beekman Road
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Catherine Alexis

Posted at 10:18pm
We worked with your Dad at IBM for a while and he was a lovely man. We knew him and mom from Church too. He's back with his sweetheart he was missing so much. I am so sorry for your loss.

Todd Tancredi

Posted at 12:56pm
Our condolences on Ed's passing. He will be missed.
Dutchess County Office for the Aging Staff

Merrill Nolen

Posted at 10:14am
I am so sorry for your loss. Ed was the photographer for our wedding in July 1973. I still cherish the lovely photo album I have from that wonderful day. RIP Merrill (Wise) Nolen

Rick Tasciotti

Posted at 08:18am
Ed always started the day with a smile and a story, I worked with Ed for a few years at IBM in Poughkeepsie. He was a good hearted soul. Thoughts are with all of Ed's family at this time. Rick Tasciotti

Eileen Gagnon

Posted at 07:35am
Ed was a wonderful man. My fond memory is how faithful he was in taking Valerie to our monthly lunch outings with The Promise of Life ladies. He is now enjoying all heavens blessings with his beloved wife. I am praying for his wonderful family. Eileen Gagnon

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