Edward A. Saulnier

February 5, 1938 ~ December 13, 2021 (age 83)


Edward A. Saulnier
Colchester, VT

Edward (Ed) Augustine Saulnier passed away peacefully at his home in Colchester, VT on Monday, December 13th surrounded by his loving family.  His death marked the end of a long, beautiful life of joy, love, laughter, and a wonderful intellectual curiosity that enriched everyone around him.  Ed was born on February 5, 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Lillian and Edward Saulnier.  He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Carol (Gallagher) Saulnier in 1997 after 35 years of marriage.  Ed is survived by his wife of 22 years, Penilee (Hanbridge) Saulnier, and his children, Susan (Francis) O’Gorman of Harrisburg, PA, Marianne (Mark) Jordan of Worcester, MA, Christopher (Gael) Saulnier of Marblehead, MA and Jonathan (Jackie) Saulnier of Holden, MA. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Patrick, Christopher, Andrew, Luke, Madelyne, Jacob, Rachael, Kyle, Gillian and Leah.  In addition, Ed is survived by step-children Stephanie (Ted) Marcotte of Gainesville, FL, Adam (Kate) Lambert of Bedford NH, Matthew (Emmy) Lambert of Geneva, Switzerland as well as by his 11 step-grandchildren: Alex, Max, Gage, Spencer, Anna, Jackson, Steele, Quinn, Rowan, Will, and Tristan, and 2 step-great grandchildren: Nolan and Everly.  His step-daughter Liz Balderas (Doug Duclos) of Colchester, VT passed away in 2017. 

Ed was a proud Electrical Engineer, a 1959 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He remained active in the WPI Alumni committees and the Alden Society throughout his life and could always be seen wearing a WPI ballcap and a smile.  He was a member of the Army ROTC and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, and during those university years Ed met the first love of his life, Carol Gallagher.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps.  During his time in the service, he learned more practical engineering applications, and IBM soon came calling.  Ed and Carol were married in 1961, and raised their 4 children in Worcester, MA where he was a lector, teacher, choir member, and parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church.  During his 34 year career with IBM, he received many excellence awards, and he was part of the team that built the room-sized computer that launched the U.S. into space.  He truly matched his passions with his career choices and the world benefitted.  He retired from IBM in 1993 and started a software consulting company called Coolidge Systems, named for the street on which he had lived for over 30 years.  After Carol passed, Ed was introduced to Peni by dear mutual friends, and he found the next love of his tremendously blessed life.  Peni and Ed married and moved to Colchester, VT where he lived for the next 22 years.  He attended the Catholic Center at UVM, Our Lady of Grace in Colchester and St. Joseph's Cathedral in Burlington.  He was active in his Condo Association and the Colchester/Milton Rotary.  He served as the President of his Rotary Chapter in 2006-2007 and then as Assistant Governor for 4 years.  He loved his time in Rotary and all the service projects they sponsored.  Ed’s life’s journey took many twists and turns from his early days as a 5-year old boy in Lynn where he scraped sugar from the floor at his father’s bakery, to his later days as Poppy to his beloved great-grandchildren Nolan and Everly. 

Ed loved to travel and was always ready for a vacation or trip to the beach.  In retirement, he and Peni loved to travel cross country and to the Maritimes and to take their RV to southern Georgia to snowbird away from the Vermont winters.  Ed loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Generations of Saulnier kids will remember his strong hands playfully launching them into the water and swimming back so he would do it again.  They brought him much joy and good times swimming, playing frisbee and attending Red Sox games together.  Ed was a lifelong Red Sox and Patriots fan.  He was blessed with a beautiful, powerful singing voice and loved to share it in Church choirs.  He was always there to offer a helping hand.  On one of his volunteer runs through the neighborhood, he stopped to say hi to an elderly neighbor with memory problems. She asked him in to visit and they ended up dancing to the Big Band music she had playing in the living room.  He had an endearing way about him and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.  The happiness and success that his family enjoys are a fulfillment of his deeply held love for them. No words can express how much his family will miss him. 

The family would like to thank the teams at the University of Vermont Medical Center who took care of him with dignity and respect, Angela of Synergy Home Care, and UVM Health and Hospice and the Griswold caregivers who brought him comfort in his final days. 

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the Colchester/Milton Rotary or a charity of your choice. 

Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT. 

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