Edward J. Mosher, Whittier Vo-Tech Baseball Coach, Teacher

Edward “Ed” J. Mosher, of Amesbury and formerly of Haverhill, passed away surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.

Mosher was one of two children born to the late Hazel (McCormack) Mosher and the late Herbert Mosher. He was a graduate of Haverhill High School with the class of 1940. Besides his parents and his wife Mary, he was predeceased by a brother Herbert Mosher.

He owned and operated Mosher and Son Plumbing and Heating and, at one time, he was the business agent for the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union. While working, Mosher returned to school to become an educator then eventually retired as a teacher as well as the baseball coach from the Whittier Vocational School in Haverhill, Mass.

In 1943, he married his best friend, Mary “Ginny” (Virginia Murphy) Mosher and the marriage lasted 68 years before her passing in 2011. At home they enjoyed welcoming short and long term guests into their home, along with family from St. Louis. They wintered in Florida and traveled the continent in summers or whenever school was not in session.

He was also an oil painter, creating innumerable land and seascapes each eventually cherished and scuffled over by the entire family and many friends. His greatest passion however, was baseball and in particular, pitching. Since childhood, growing up in Bradford, he was a ball player, a pitcher who studied and practiced the game to know every nuance from the correct breathing to the delivery of the ball to the catcher. Constructing his own pitching mound in his backyard, he freely coached many hopeful pitchers from the Whittier, Northern Essex College and the Northern Massachusetts area.

A veteran of World War II he spent the last part of his five year hitch playing exhibition baseball in Belgium, France and Germany until his discharge in 1946.

He is survived by three children, son Edward Jr. and wife Rachel Mosher, son Paul Mosher and daughter Beverly and her husband David Carstairs; grandchildren Scott Mosher, Ryan Mosher and wife Stacie, Moriah Mosher Burgess and husband Kris, Jeff Carstairs, April Carstairs Soucy and husband Dave and Sarah Carstairs; and great grandchildren Juliet, Hennessy, Tyler, Brody, Colton, Jackson, Beckett, Parker and Taylor.

The family is grateful to Merrimack Valley Hospice who cared for him during this arduous time.

The funeral was Monday and the Highland Street Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, handled the arrangements.