ROCKLAND — Former Rockland resident, Edward Donald Luchetti II, age 56, died unexpectedly Friday, June 4, 2021. A funeral Mass was held Saturday, June 12, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winchester, Mass.  

Edward was born April 24, 1965, in Passaic, N.J., and moved to Maine as a toddler. He attended schools in Brownville and Orono, graduating from Orono High School in 1983. He attended the University of Maine acting in several dramatic productions.

He continued his acting career in Boston, New York and London. A member of British Actors Equity, he acted at The Old Vic where he played in “Macbeth,” later playing the role of Hamlet in a theatre company which toured England.

Following marriage to the love of his life, Jemaine, they lived in Hong Kong where he wrote and directed “Local Terms” for the Hong Theatre Festival in 1992, and co-wrote and starred in the 1994 feature film “My Mistress, My Wife.”

After moving to Culver City, Calif., he continued his acting career in theatre, movies and TV including a part in “Days of Our Lives,” a PepsiOne commercial for the 1999 Super Bowl, and several acclaimed theatre productions. During his years in California, his children Marcella and Nino were born.

He joined the Navy Reserves in 2000.

After moving to Rockland, he and Jemaine opened the Penobscot Bay Soup Co. on Lindsay Street. He was a member of the Rockland Harbor Management Committee, the Knox County Budget Committee, the MSAD 5 Board of Directors and State Director of the Navy Enlisted Reserve Association.

During this time, he was deployed to Kuwait and twice to Afghanistan, where he suffered injuries and was awarded the Bronze Star.

During his retirement, he hosted an interview/talk show on Boston Public Television. He also spent much of his time helping veterans transition to employment and further education.

In May 2021, he earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in politics, philosophy and economics from Suffolk University in Boston.

Edward is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jemaine (Li) Luchetti; children Marcella and Nino all of Winchester, Mass.; parents Carol (Quigg) Luchetti of Thomaston and Edward D. Luchetti of Orono; brother Mark A. Rose and wife, Betsy, of Orono; two sisters Lisa Luchetti and her husband, Mark Belanger, of Boxford, Mass. and Nina Luchetti of Andover, Mass.; nephews Alec Rose, Ben Rose and Jackson Belanger; nieces Caroline Belanger and Eliza Luchetti; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donations in his honor may be sent to St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, 7 Union St., Camden ME 04843 with memo line indicating St. Bernard Soup Kitchen. To leave online condolences, visit the Costello Funeral Home, Winchester MA website.