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Ephrem "Effie, Ed" Azzopardi

July 15, 1934 ~ February 9, 2021 (age 86)


Azzopardi, Ephrem “Effie Ed” age 86 resided in Livonia for the last 55 years, passed away February 9, 2021 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 15, 1934 in Haz Zabbar, Malta to Frances and Anne Azzopardi. He and his family survived WW2 and in October of 1950 they Departed Malta and resided in Detroit, Michigan, (Corktown). In 1956 married his bride Maria Gatt (Windsor, Canada) of 56 years and raised their five children. Ephrem was the cherished husband of the late Maria. Beloved father of Kathryn Anne (Gregory) Prew, JoAnne (Mark), Terri (Andrew) Allendorf, Patricia (Michael) Angelini and James (Michele). Proud Nanu/grandpa of Rebekah, Todd (Rosalinda), Chad, Christopher, Matthew, Justin, Tyler, Andrew, Nicholas, Patrick, Victoria, Jordan, Marco, BreAnna and great grandpa of Amadea, Takoda and Jack. Dearest brother of Sirol (the late Shelia), Sam (the late Phyllis), Larry (Maria) and the late Stella (Thomas) Summers. Also survived by many other loving family and friends. Ed was blessed with a creative heart that allowed him to express his gift in turning a piece of wood into a treasure. His ethics provided a career at GM Fisher Body in Detroit as a ‘Wood Model Maker’ for 37 years. However, his greatest pleasure was carving wood blanks into spirals. He also made forms for cement spirals, and ultimately, his dream was to see his spirals ascending up to heaven. Ed loved his five children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He was always there with unconditional love and support; we will all miss him dearly. 

Visitation will be held Friday, February 12, 2021


Fred Wood Funeral Home~Rice Chapel

36100 Five Mile Rd. Livonia (E. of Levan)


Funeral will be held Saturday, February 13, 2021

In-State 9:30am        Mass 10:00am

St. Colette Catholic Church

17600 Newburgh Rd. Livonia (N. of 6 Mile Rd.)


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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February 12, 2021

2:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

February 13, 2021

9:30 AM
St. Colette Catholic Church
17600 Newburgh Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

Mass of Christian Burial
February 13, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Colette Catholic Church
17600 Newburgh Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

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