US Marine veteran

MELROSE — Edward Avo Hatch of Melrose passed away on Sunday, May 5 at the age of 80 after a 23 year battle with cancer. He was born in Detroit, MI to Edward Simon Hatch and Marie Rita (Selian) Hatch.

Beloved husband of Maureen (Curtin) Hatch for 49 years. Loving brother to Christine Polito and the late Anita DeBruyn. He leaves many devoted nieces, nephews and dear friends. Brother-in-law of Thomas Curtin (Maria); Michael Curtin(Nancy); and the late Timothy Curtin(Taeko).

He was a proud United States Marine who served his country in Vietnam. Longtime member of Local 7 Iron workers union.

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, May 14 at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, May 15 at Incarnation Church, 429 Upham St., Melrose at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors was held in Wyoming Cemetery, Veterans Section, 205 Sylvan St., Melrose following the funeral Mass. Family and friends were respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were made in Edward’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 19 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445. Visit