Edward P. Washchilla Sr., 81, husband of the late Dorothy Washchilla, died May 25, 2010.

Born to the late Walter and Mary Washchilla on May 29, 1928 in Maspeth, N.Y., he was a resident of Fairfield for 50 years.

Waschilla was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He graduated in 1951 from the U.S. Air Force Training Command with an engineering degree. He was involved with real time data acquisitions and display systems.

Washchilla wa the founder and CEO of Gemini Marketing Consultants and acted as a liaison for representing the industry to the federal government. He spent most of his career in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

His memberships included the American Ammunition Technology and Fuze Committee, the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Air Traffic Control Association, Air Force Association and the National Security Industrial Association.

Post retirement, Washchilla was a deputy sheriff for Fairfield County. He enjoyed his life by socializing with everyone he came into contact with. He traveled the world with his wife, Dorothy. A food enthusiast and an avid shopper, he enjoyed the companionship of his dog and the ride the Long Island Sound on his boat.

He is survived by his sister, Marian Mosicki of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a son, Edward P. Washchilla Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Easton; two daughters, Carol A. Miller and her husband, Mark, and Lorraine M. Lozada Hornak, both of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Jason P. Miller of Derby, Kristy L. Papadakos and her husband, Andy of Fairfield, Gerald A. Lozada of Monroe, Lisa M. Miller of Bridgeport, Dena Sabin and her husband, Ben of Huntington, Michael R. Lozada of East Haven, and Alyssa, Suzanne and Lauren Hornak, all of Monroe; and two great-grandsons, Jacob Papadakos and Nicolas Sabin.

He was predeceased by his brother, Walter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 28, at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield; interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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