SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 21, 2013

Edward J. Topham, 63


Beverly, Mass. — Edward J. Topham died Friday morning at his home in Beverly. Ed was born August 29, 1949, in Dorchester, Mass. He graduated from Roslindale High School in 1968, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts (Boston) in 1977. He served in two branches (Navy and Army) of the United States military during the Vietnam War. He was a lifelong fisherman, and a lover of wildlife and wild places. He was an avid collector of gems, jewelry, and fine art. He worked for Manderson Mechanical of Ipswich as a plumbing laborer for seven years until his retirement in 2011. He is survived by his sister and by his two sons, Abraham and Nathan.

"Eddie The Hat" died with 23 years of continuous sobriety, though he perpetually introduced himself as "kind of new around here" when he spoke in meetings. We remember Eddie as a man of action, love and loyalty. He was a great friend and helped many drunks.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at the White Whale in Beverly from 7:30-9pm Friday evening, February 22. He will be buried at the Central Cemetery in Beverly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church/White Whale.