Obituary of Edward M. Comstock


Edward M. Comstock 1930 – 2017 WILLIAMSVILLE Edward M. Comstock., 87, of 295 Great Barrington Rd., West Stockbridge, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born on Feb. 15, 1930, son of Dorothy Comstock, he was raised on the family farm with his grandparents William and Grace Bennet Comstock.  He was a 1948 graduate of the former Williams High School. During the Korean War he served in the Army as a sergeant. Edward and his wife Norma Vanasse were married August 20, 1955. After marrying they lived in Kentucky returning to Massachusetts where he worked as a radio announcer in North Adams.  He was an owner and trainer of thoroughbred race horses and raced throughout New England including the Barrington Fair and Green Mountain race track. He worked for the United States Postal Service in Lee, MA while going to college full time and providing for a family of five girls. He graduated from the North Adams State College where he went on to get a Master’s Degree in teaching, He taught for many years in the Berkshire Hills School System from which he retired. He loved running into his former students who called him Mr. “C” and always enjoyed hearing what they were up to. He and his wife Norma operated a summer camp in Maine for his students.  He was an avid reader and an avid sportsman spending much time fishing and hunting deer, turkey, pheasant and partridge. Besides his wife of 61 years he leaves five daughters, Lauren Sartori Hobgood and her husband Van of North Berwick, Maine, Suzanne Comstock and her husband Wesley Gray of Mclean, VA., Lisa Clark of Gilmanton, NH, Karen Scaife of Powhatan ,VA Nancy Smith and her husband David of Wenonah, NJ ; 8 grandchildren, Andrea, Hayley, Ben, Tom, Karen, Jacob, Ryan and Vanessa. He also leaves his care giver and friend Pam Lockenwitz,of Pittsfield MA.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Family will receive friends at the Birches-Roy Funeral Home 33 South Street Great Barrington MA on Tuesday May 30 from 1 to 3 pm. A graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday May 31 at 11 am at Rockdale Cemetery in West Stockbridge MA. Online condolences may be made through  In lieu of flowers please donate to Great Barrington Fish and Game or to the Alzheimers Association both in care of the funeral home at 33 South Street Great Barrington, MA. 01230.

3 Responses to Obituary of Edward M. Comstock

  1. Sending our condolences from the entire Dufour family. I remember those fun filled days at the farm with all the race horses. The beach up the road. But most of all how our families enjoyed each other with picnics on some great weekends… And as a young teenage boy, going where there were five daughters was a bonus…

  2. Such a great man and mentor who is unsurpassed by anyone who positively guided my children’s life. RIP Ed-you are one of a kind & I know God is welcoming you with open arms. HIS gain is our loss. To Lauren & all other members of Ed’s family-my sympathy, my love, & my wish that you cherish the knowledge of how much he was loved,

  3. Norma & family, So sorry for your loss of a man and teacher. My son prevailed under the guidance of Eddie. He was his favorite teacher.

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