Edwin S Taginski, 89, passed away peacefully on November 13 at Berkshire Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Edwin was born and raised in Pittsfield MA, where he would live his entire life. He was the proud son of Polish immigrants, Clemence (Tadzak) Taginski and Julia (Mekosz) Taginski. Edwin is predeceased by his brother Francis, an infant sister Valeria, and his dear daughter Cheryl (Taginski) Happnie and son-in-law John Happnie III.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara (Dellert), devoted daughters Susan Sheehan and Gail Conley, and his 5 grandchildren Lauren and Allison Sheehan, Grace, Erin and William Conley as well as many nieces and nephews.
Edwin graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1952, working in the apprentice drafting program at GE. There he was encouraged to pursue college and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Following brief employment with Robert P Deloy Survey and Engineering Co, he started his career with the Massachusetts Department of Highways in Lenox, MA where he worked from 1964-1996. Edwin retired as a Project Development Engineer, having worked on many bridge and highway projects in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. He also taught both in-service classes for the Highway Dept and Advance Surveying Classes at BCC. Edwin’s interest in the roadways and maps of Berkshire County persisted into the final days of his life.
Edwin, also known as “Ed” or “Tag” to his family, pursued many activities in his life. He was an avid golfer with his wife Barbara, and was an active member at Wahconah Country Club for many years. He also enjoyed ice fishing, skiing, bowling, gardening and travel. Highlights of his travels with Barbara included playing golf at the “Old Course” at St Andrews Golf Course in Scotland and a trip to Poland to explore his heritage and meet relatives of his father’s family.
Above all was his love for his family. He was a proud grandfather and enjoyed watching any of his grandchildren’s activities and celebrating their accomplishments. He was a wonderful father to his 3 daughters who he raised to be strong and independent women. He was a loving and supportive spouse to Barbara and they created many happy memories together. Edwin was a kind, gentle, curious and smart man who leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
Funeral Services will be private with burial at St Joseph’s cemetery. Memorial Donations can be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Donations can be sent to the Dery Funeral Home at 54 Bradford St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
The family would also like to thank the staff at Berkshire Medical Center, floors 3 West Medical and 2 East Medical for their exceptional care of Ed.