In Memory of

Edward

Tonello

Obituary for Edward Tonello

TONELLO, Edward of Winchester, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side, after a long illness, on May 31, 2023. Beloved husband of Judith Myhra-Tonello. Loving father of Matthew Tonello and his wife Karin of Scarborough, ME, Rebecca Stronck and her husband John of North Andover, dear stepfather of Tanja Gatto and her husband Nicholas of Winchester, and Kenneth Myhra and his wife Kasey of Redmond, WA. Cherished grandfather of Sophie, Emily, Gabriel, Abigail, Logan, Joshua, Caroline, and Natalie. Dear brother of Gayle Baker and her husband Dean of Fryeburg, ME, Mary Miller and her husband Don of Derry, NH, Paul Tonello and his wife Lori of Middleton and Robert Tonello and his partner Beverly Carnes of Deerfield, NH, and his late sister Elaine Binding and her late husband Kenneth of York, ME. Also survived by his sister-in-law, Joan McManus and her husband Henry of Belchertown. He will be greatly missed by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.
He grew up in Winchester and graduated from Winchester High School, where he was active in sports and a member of both the WHS football and baseball teams.  He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. After sailing for two years in the Merchant Marine, he came back “on land” and began a long engineering career working for H.P. Hood, Refrigeration Engineering & Contracting Company (RECCO), and Stahlman Group, eventually doing private consulting work in his later years.  His work included designing large commercial and industrial refrigeration systems for companies such as Kraft, Jasper Wyman & Son Blueberries, Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream, and Simplex; yet he was just as comfortable working on-site in jeans and work boots—Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in hand—helping the construction crew through all phases of an installation process. When not working, he loved to garden and fish, and whether he was looking for the “big one” in his local area, in New Hampshire’s Lake Sunapee area, or any one of Gloucester’s many opportune ocean spots—he was happy. 
All his life he was inquisitive and enjoyed repairing things, and his training at sea made him confident that almost anything could be fixed somehow—and when he worked long enough, it usually could. He was quick with smile, made friends easily and had many of them.  Some kept in contact over decades, including a local group of high school buddies that met for lunch several times a year.  Ed was always willing to help people and was involved in several volunteer activities in his community.  For many years he was a member of the stage crew that built sets for a local cabaret fundraiser for Winchester Hospital—an annual project of The Winton Club, a women’s organization of which his wife was a member.  He also served two terms as a Town Meeting member in his community. Most of all, he loved his family.  He came from a big one growing up, as he was one of six siblings, and having been married twice, he had a large, expanded family later in life and felt blessed by this abundance. He will be deeply missed by them all, as they know how very much his love for them enriched their lives.  
Visiting Hours were held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. (Rte. 38), WINCHESTER, on Wednesday, June 7th from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Church, 155 Washington St., Winchester, on Thursday at 12pm. Relatives and friends were kindly invited to attend. Interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory may be made to Wounded Warriors or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For online condolences please visit www.lanefuneral.com

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