John M. Edson

Passed away on January 17, 2016
John Murray Edson, 75, of Chatham, MA, died January 17th at EPOCH of Brewster after a brief illness. He was born at Weymouth Hospital to George M. and Irene N. (Molvar) Edson and lived in Whitman, MA until the age of 15, when he moved to Chatham with his father, George and stepmother, Betty Edson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. (10/15/59-10/14/63) and served as an MP on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Lake Champlain which was selected as prime recovery ship for the first manned space flight, retrieving Freedom VII after splash down off Cape Canaveral. He was also involved in the Caribbean and Cuban blockade in 1962 as part of the Cuban Missile Crisis earning him the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He worked for Jack Schluter prior to becoming a Chatham police officer in 1964. He worked for many years with Union Liquors, but retired as a car salesman at Chatham Ford He was predeceased by his second wife Brenda Jo Edson and sister Fern (White) Swanson. He is survived by his three children, son Gregory Edson and wife Tami of Plymouth, MA, his daughter Kimberley (Edson) Power and husband Mark of Chatham, MA, daughter Kristan (Edson) Stapleton Alessandra and husband Frank of Annandale, NJ. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren, Katya and Natalya Edson, Sydney and Max Power and Hannah and Jacob Stapleton, along with the mother of his three children, Janet Edson. A memorial service will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA in the Spring. For online condolences, please visit