Edward Freeman Brown, 91, finished his final watch peacefully at home surrounded by his loving daughters on April 10, 2020. Edward was born in Chester, Pa., on Jan. 15, 1929, and raised in Northeast Harbor, the youngest son of Esther (Small) and Florington T. Brown.
He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, Class of 1951. Edward went on to lead a seafaring career spanning over many decades, ocean, straits and seas. He sailed for United Shipping Lines as an engineer. Notably, he served in both the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve for over 37 years of combined service, retiring as commander. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he and his wife, Elizabeth, who were married in August of 1953, settled in Castine. Here, they raised their four daughters while Edward continued his career where it started, at Maine Maritime Academy. He led many cadets through the ranks, first as an engineering professor and last as the chief engineer on the training vessel State of Maine, before retiring in 1996.
Many Maine Maritime faculty, staff and alumni knew him as Easy Ed. To the hundreds of students he taught, he was known to lead and guide with a firm hand, to bark but hardly ever bite. To his crew at home, he will forever be remembered for the unconditional love and support he had for all. He could always be found tinkering with something and took great pride in building ship models of all kinds for display. He found happiness, smiles and laughs at family gatherings, making apple cider in the fall, baking apple pie for all occasions, mixing “leaded” eggnog, rolling potent bourbon balls, cooking rum cakes at Christmas and skunking any brave soul willing to challenge him at a game of cribbage.
Edward was known to be Red Sox faithful and an avid sports fan. His favorite players were his own. He could often be seen along the sidelines of the fields and courts, and most recently, the occasional ice rink, cheering on and offering words of encouragement to his adored athletes.
Edward, also fondly and more favorably known as Chief, Dad, Daddy-O, EB, Gramp, Bamp or Bampie, is survived by his four daughters, Janet Boyle of Bucksport, Judith (Michael) Marzolf of Castine, Jane (Alan) Joseph of Northeast Harbor and Julie (Aaron) Vinson of Brewer. In addition to his girls and sons-in-law, he leaves behind his eight grandchildren, Erin Boyle, Amanda Starbird, Jennifer Marzolf, Christopher Marzolf, Andrew Joseph, Kate Joseph, John Joseph and Nicholas Vinson; four great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and Barbara Marzolf, an extraordinary lady who was like a daughter to him. He also leaves his brother, Buddy, and wife, Becky, of Northeast Harbor. He was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 67 years, Elizabeth, a cherished son-in-law, John Boyle, and his parents.
Special heartfelt thanks to his caregivers, Dan, Gretchen, Mikk, Prudy and Vicky, for their love and devotion they gave to him and to our family.
A private family service will be held at a later time.
Gifts in Edward’s memory may be made to Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.