MOUNT DESERT – Edward J. Mandell Jr., 81, died after a long illness on Feb. 17, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving wife, daughter and grandson. He was born on March 22, 1935, in Somerville, Mass., son of Alice V. (Walsh) Mandell and Edward J. Mandell Sr.
He loved Maine so much he did not want his birthplace revealed in his obituary. Sorry, Dad! Edward graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School and the University of Maine, Orono. He served in the Marine Corps for two years before serving on the state police for 21 years, retiring as a corporal detective. Ed also served as the police chief of Mount Desert for 10 years. As a police officer he was well respected and known for his ability to communicate with people and to act with fairness and compassion.
Edward considered his life an adventure that he could never have imagined. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends boating, camping, hunting, and fishing or just having an interesting conversation. In his retirement he became an accomplished bird carver and gardener. As a fan of sports, his loyalty to the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox was unfaltering and rewarded with many surprises and victories.
Edward is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anne (Middlesworth) Mandell, his daughter Jean Mandell and her husband, James M. Valles Jr., of Barrington, R.I., and two sons; Edward J. Mandell III and his wife, Jeralyn, of Toledo, Ore., and Michael Mandell and his husband, Richards Federle, of Seattle, Wash., and three grandchildren, Matthew and William Valles and Kiya Lair as well as many very close friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 21 Ledgelawn Ave., Bar Harbor, ME with an 11:15 reception to celebrate his life at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.