Edward Early Obituary, Death – Previously serving as Mayor of Lowell, Both a member of the House of Representatives and the Register of Deeds for Middlesex North County Attorney Edward J. Early Jr., who had spent his entire life in Lowell, passed away on September 4 in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his devoted family.
He was 92 years old. Theresa “Honey” Molloy, his wife of 42 lovely years and high school sweetheart, passed away before him. Together, they had experienced a lifetime of happiness together. He was the brother of the late Charles B. Early and the son of the late Edward J. and Madeleine (Conlin) Early. Both of his parents passed away before him.
He was given the nickname “Buddy” by his family and friends while he was growing up in the Sacred Heart Parish, where he was raised. 1949 was the year he received his diploma from Keith Academy, where he excelled as a center fielder. In 1953, he received a degree in Sociology from Boston College, where he had previously studied. After earning his degree from Boston College.
He enrolled in Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and went on to serve his country with honor in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the destroyer USS Haley DD-556 from 1953 to 1956. After moving back to Lowell, he got a job as a social worker at the Tewksbury State Hospital and attended Suffolk Law School in the evenings. This went on for several years.
He received his law degree from Suffolk Law School in 1962 and worked as a lawyer in the City of Lowell until he reached the ripe old age of 80, when he decided to retire. In addition to his work as an attorney, he also dabbled in politics, which proved to be an arena in which he excelled. At the youthful age of 34, he was elected Mayor of Lowell and served in that capacity from 1966 until 1967. He had previously served on the Lowell City Council for 8 years.
Lowell’s selection for the Model Cities Program can be attributed in large part to Mayor Early’s efforts. The revival of Lowell was a direct result of the creative leadership displayed by this former mayor. He advanced his political career by serving as a well-respected state representative for a total of two terms between the years 1973 and 1977.
In 1977, he won the election to serve as the Register of Deeds for Middlesex County, a position he held for a total of three terms before retiring in 1995. In recognition of his many years of devotion to the residents of Lowell and the surrounding area, the City of Lowell named a parking facility after him and gave it the name Edward J. Early, Jr. in his honor. In his spare time, he enjoyed going on vacation with his family and friends to places like Seabrook Beach, Sanibel Island, Foxwoods, and Saratoga, among other places.