Who We Are
Ed’s Garage, Inc. was started in 1947 by Edward Waskiewicz and his wife Lillian when he returned home after World War II. They purchased a shut down gas station on Route 14 in Canterbury where they pumped gas and did automobile repairs. Ed started to deliver fuel oil to several customers, carrying buckets of oil himself. The fuel oil business began to grow steadily causing Ed to give up the repair business, except for working on his own vehicles. Today, we have 15 employees and provide heating oil and burner service to over 3,000 customers. We service both Windham and New London Counties. In addition to our fuel oil business, we also manufacture and deliver top quality sand and crushed stone products. To this day, we are proud to still be a family owned and operated business.
Edward & Lillian Waskiewicz
Aside from running the garage, Ed and Lil were very involved in town affairs. Ed served as First Selectman of Canterbury for three terms between 1963 and 1969. Wanting to give back to the town, Ed did his job as First Selectman without taking any wages. While in office, he was active in the construction of several roads in town. Along with the help of several other businessmen in town, Buntz, Cory, Howe and Kitt Roads were built. Ed was also a Charter Member of the Canterbury Volunteer Fire Company, serving as an assistant Chief. Lil monitored the fire department’s phone alarm system, receiving fire reports and calling firemen one by one. Lil was active in establishing St. Augustine Catholic Church in Canterbury. Construction began on the church in spring of 1968 and was opened that fall. At St. Augustine’s she served as the General Chairperson of the Parish Development Program. In addition, she served on the Parish council and Finance council. Over the years she held all four offices of the Ladies Guild. Ed and Lil were well known for their generosity. Lil actively raised money for local hospitals and charities. They raised King Quarter horses and sponsored AQHA Horse shows to benefit both St. Augustine’s Church and the Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department. Carrying on the tradition Ed & Lil started, second and third generation family members now run the business.