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    2008-05-08 Worcester Fire Chief Edward F. Hackett Retired

    Retired Fire Chief Edward F. Hackett
    May 08, 2008


    WORCESTER: Edward F. Hackett, 93, formerly of Duncannon Ave. in Worcester and Meadowbrook Circle in Shrewsbury, retired Chief of the Worcester Fire Department, died Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Notre Dame Long Term Care Center. His beloved wife of 64 years, Mary M. (Fenton) Hackett, died March 4, 2006.

    He leaves several nieces and nephews including Maureen A. Hackett of Worcester, with whom he lived before moving to Notre Dame Long Term Care Center. His daughter, Anne M. Hackett, three brothers, Thomas A. Hackett, William P. Hackett, Jr., James S. Hackett, and a sister, Anne Lynch, all predeceased him. He was born and raised in Worcester, son of the late Worcester Firefighter William P. Hackett and Annie (Gilchrist) Hackett, and was a United States Coast Guard Veteran of World War II, serving as officer in charge on a fire boat. He was a 1933 graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury and a 1943 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Port Security School at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. He also attended Quinsigamond Community College and Holy Cross Institute for Industrial Relations.

    Chief Hackett began his career with the Worcester Fire Department in 1937 and rose through the ranks being appointed a Lieutenant in 1947, Captain in 1949, a District Chief in 1955, and in 1962 was appointed Deputy Chief and placed in charge of personnel. On January 3, 1971, he was appointed Fire Chief, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1979. When he took the Civil Service Examinations for Captain, Deputy Chief and the Chief Engineer's list, he scored first place on all the exams.

    He was a member of St. John's Church, a member and Past President of the Massachusetts Fire Chief's Association, a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, the Massachusetts Fire Wardens, the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, the Massachusetts Special Olympics Committee, and served on the Executive Board for the Southern Worcester County Special Olympics.

    He was also a member and past president of the South Worcester Kiwanis Club, a member and past president of the Service Clubs Council of Worcester County, and a member and past president of the Emerald Club, who presented him with the club's annual Shillelagh Award in 1976.

    Among his many other activities, he was a Forest Fire Warden for the City of Worcester and served as a fire consultant to Quinsigamond Community College, the Massachusetts Chancellor of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Department of Education, the State Fire Marshall, the Massachusetts Fire Chief's Association, and for the State Civil Service entrance and promotional fire fighting exams. He was appointed by the governor to the State Building Code Commission and also served on the Worcester Building Code Review Committee where he was responsible for writing the City of Worcester Fire Prevention Code.

    CALLING HOURS will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 12, in KELLY FUNERAL HOME, 154 Lincoln St. A FUNERAL MASS will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13 in ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, 40 Temple St., followed by entombment in St. John's Cemetery Mausoleum.

    The family suggests donations in memory of Ed be made to the Resident's Activities Fund at Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, 559 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605. Directions and condolence book available at www.kellyfuneralhome.com


    Photo below June 1979 Worcester
    Chief Ed Hackett, Congressman Harold Donohue, District Chief John O'Leary

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    Edward Hackett, former fire chief, dies

    Saturday, May 10, 2008
    Edward Hackett, former fire chief, dies

    By Edward J. Canty TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
    ecanty@telegram.com

    WORCESTER— Edward F. Hackett, a retired city fire chief, died Thursday in Notre Dame Long Term Care Center. He was 93.

    A second generation official in the Fire Department, Chief Hackett was a career firefighter who rose through the ranks during 42 years of service. He served as chief for nine years, retiring in June 1979. During his tenure, he was known by his subordinates as innovative and as a man of vision, constantly demanding improvements in every area of the department.

    Retired Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Dooley said, “Ed was a well-respected, hardworking chief who made great advances in his time as chief of the Worcester Fire Department. He was a chief who could be counted on to be right in there to get the job done, and was a politician, able to get what was needed in the best interests of the department. He will be sadly missed.”


    Radio talk show host and former mayor Jordan Levy, who was a city councilor during Chief Hackett’s tenure, said he was a “tremendously dignified man. You would see it in the way he would present himself before the City Council, as he would advocate strongly for the needs of the department and he would encourage support. This was tremendously important when we were struggling with Proposition 2-1/2. He almost made it impossible to vote against him. He was a good friend and I learned a lot from him.”

    When Chief Hackett retired, hundreds of state and local civic leaders, firefighters and citizens packed Mechanics Hall on an early fall evening to say farewell.

    “He’s been more than just a chief whose main concern is administrative work,” a firefighter at the event was quoted as saying. “He’s been a friend to all who have worked for him. I know these 800 people didn’t come here just to have a good time. They came to honor a friend, one who has given his most for this community. I know if this place were any bigger, we would have no problem filling the hall. That is because Chief Hackett is just one heck of a nice person.”

    The chief’s wife of 64 years, Mary M. (Fenton) Hackett, died in 2006. He leaves several nieces and nephews, including Maureen A. Hackett of Worcester, with whom he lived before moving to Notre Dame Long Term Care Center.

    A Worcester native and 1933 graduate of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Chief Hackett was the son of Worcester Firefighter William P. Hackett. A Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he served as officer in charge on a fire boat. He attended Quinsigamond Community College and Holy Cross Institute for Industrial Relations, and began his career with the Worcester Fire Department in 1937.

    He was promoted to lieutenant in 1947, captain in 1949, a district chief in 1955, and in 1962 was appointed deputy chief and placed in charge of personnel. He became chief in 1971, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1979.


    http://www.telegram.com/article/2008...56/1008/NEWS02

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