Edward Joseph Danovich Jr, age73, died peacefully, January 12, following a brief illness. He was born June 22, 1942 in Meriden, CT, the son of the late Edward J., Sr. and Sophie V. Danovich.
Ed was educated at St. Stanislaus School, Wilcox Technical School, and Hartford State Technical Institute where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Ed spent most of his employment career working in the Critikon Division of Johnson & Johnson, where he made tools used to produce precision medical instruments. After retiring from J&J, Ed parlayed his love for cars into a post-retirement “career” as a salesman for Mitchell Auto Group, where he utilized his talents of integrity and customer concern to match the right car to each customer he served.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Ed played baseball and basketball and was selected to the All-State Basketball team while at Wilcox. He participated in adult softball leagues as both a team player and coach, and was an accomplished bowler whose most notable accomplishment was bowling four perfect games. On weeknights or weekends, Ed could be found on the golf course or at a cruise night or car show with the Saturday Nite Cruizers.
Ed displayed musical talents as well. In his youth, he was a skilled accordion player, and as a young adult, he transitioned his affinity for music to playing the French Horn Bugle for the Connecticut Hurricanes drum and bugle corps. It was during his tenure with the Hurricanes that Ed met his future wife, Carol Chadwick.
Ed is predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Carol, and his parents, Ed and Sophie. He is survived by his daughter, Peggy Nigam, her husband, Vivek, and his two beloved grandchildren, Vishal and Anisha. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Jack Danovich, sister, Christine Conlan and her husband, Joe, sister, Susan Chapin and her husband, Bob, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, Aunt Fran Janeczek, and Uncle Marcel Kulinski, and his brother-in-law, Jerry Golembeski.
Ed lived his life with humility, integrity, compassion, intelligence, and kindness as his guides. His family would like to thank the medical staff and caregivers (at both the Hospital of Central CT and Walnut Hill Care Center) who worked with Ed.
Calling hours will be Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Visit www.dellavecchiafh.com for online tributes and directions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s name to: ALSAC St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or NephCure, 150 South Warner Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406.