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Edward Anastasia, Retired Firefighter

A Mass for Edward S. Anastasia, a longtime Westport resident and former firefighter, was held Friday in Assumption Church, followed by interment with full military honors. Anastasia, of Hollywood, Fla., died Oct. 9. He was 86.

Born in Westport on June 18, 1924, Anastasia was the husband of the late Lucille (Michaud) Anastasia. He joined the Westport Fire Department on July 1, 1957, and retired on June 30, 1984, after 27 years of service.

Prior to moving to Hollywood, Anastasia lived in Westport for 77 years.

An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post No. 399. He was also a life member of Saugatuck Hose Co. No. 4.

During his earlier years, Anastasia loved sports, especially baseball and fast-pitch softball. He played on many teams, including the Arrow Restaurant, Norwalk Eagles and Castro Convertible. He was inducted into the Connecticut Amateur Softball Fast-Pitch Hall of Fame.

Anastasia was also an avid golfer and a former member of the Longshore Men's Golf Association. In 1986, he was honored by the Sportsmen of Westport.

He is survived by his brother, John R. Anastasia of Westport; four sisters, Eleanor Buono of Boulder City, Nev.; Josephine Ricca of Boca Raton, Fla.; Florence MacDonald of Westport and Mary Kozar of Norwalk; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Anastasia was predeceased by one sister, Mary Ricca, and four brothers, Samuel, Patrick, Frank and Anthony Anastasia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation, 601 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 06460.

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