Edward “Ted” Rankin Ladd died in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 28, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ted, the son of Walter and Mary “Molly,” was a graduate of Rockland High School and the University of Maine in Orono. He worked in the insurance business for a year before joining the U.S. Army in World War II as a second lieutenant. He trained as a paratrooper and served in Japan and the Philippines, ending his military stint as a major.

In 1940 Ted married Margaret “Peggy” E. Hauck. After the war, they settled in Rockland where Ted joined his father and later his brother Clifford in the family insurance business, W.C. Ladd and Sons. Peggy passed away in 1997.

Ted was a Renaissance man with many interests and talents. He was a wonderful photographer with a special passion for capturing birds in flight. He was a wood carver and sculptor, creating beautiful animal figures.

He was a lifelong music lover. As a child, he played the violin and was a member of a recorder group for several years. Ted collected and enjoyed classical music all his life. A voracious reader, he enjoyed serving on the board of the Rockland Public Library.

Ted’s outdoor passions included sailing and golf. Ted and Peggy enjoyed 25 years of cruising Penobscot Bay. Golf was another favorite activity in South Carolina.

Ted later married Joan Smith. They shared nearly 10 happy years, dividing their time between Jameson Point in Rockland and Kiawah Island, S.C.

Ted is survived by his wife, Joan: three daughters, Gail, Anne and Allison; two sons-in-law; brother in law, Hubert Hauck; two step childeren; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a niece; and three nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held this summer in Rockland.

In his memory, contributions may be made to the Rockland Public Library Endowment Foundation or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel.