Edward Joseph Molloy, 97, of Haydenville, a retired technician in physics and astronomy, died Aug. 13.
A lifelong resident of Haydenville, he attended Smith Vocational School for one year before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support the family. Directly after Pearl Harbor, he joined the Navy as a torpedo man, serving on the destroyer USS Nields, among others. He served in Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Africa.
He learned toolmaking at the Springfield Armory Apprentice School, where he worked until the armory closed, then at Westover Air Force base.
He joined UMass Amherst in 1976 as a technical assistant in physics and astronomy, where he finished his career in 1987 as a professional technician making parts for the radio telescope then at Quabbin Reservoir. He also worked in electrical and computer engineering for 15 months in 1979-80.
He is survived by his wife Helen and daughter Margaret.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham 02452.