Edward C. Darrin Jr., of Stockbridge and Delray Beach, Florida, died Jan. 30 at Berkshire Medical Center after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side.
Born Dec. 23, 1943, in Schenectady, New York, to the late Edward and Jean Mackey Darrin, he was a graduate of Mount Assumption Catholic School in Plattsburgh, New York. After high school, Edward studied at the University of Arizona, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He served as a medic in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era.
Edward began teaching industrial arts in Scottsdale, Ariz., and then in North Andover, Mass. In 1972, he was offered a job from his father in law, George Mole to run the insurance portion of Mole & Mole Real Estate and Insurance. He and Diane bought the business in the 1980’s and years later sold the insurance, but kept working together every day running Mole & Mole Real Estate. Along the way, he also opened up Posters Only in Stockbridge and Mahkeenac Trading Company in Lenox.
Edward was one of the original organizers and members of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce. He held membership at the Stockbridge Golf Club and was an active member of the Sweater Club. He was past treasurer of the Stockbridge Bowl Association for many years. He was appointed to the Town of Lenox Insurance Commission and was on the board of directors for the Berkshire Center for Families and Children. For many years he enjoyed being in charge of water safety for the annual Josh Billings Runaground on Stockbridge Bowl. Edward loved local history and sharing his knowledge with others; however, his greatest passion was orchestrating his annual Fourth of July fireworks display and making his famous “clams Diane.” Mr. Darrin and his wife, Diane C. Mole, were married June 18, 1966, in St. Ann Church.
Besides his wife, Mr. Darrin is survived by daughters Tiffany D. Morawiec (John) of Fulshear, Texas, and Shannon D. Boomsma (David) of Lee; and his grandchildren Jodi and Krystyna Morawiec and Brandon Boomsma.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at St. Ann’s Church at 10 a.m. with Monsignor John Bonzagni, officiating. Private burial for family will follow at the Church on the Hill cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute or the Stockbridge Historic Room, both in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240. To share memories and stories, visit rochefuneralhome.com.