Edward Blackington, 74, of Warren came out of the woods behind his house on a recent day on an all-terrain vehicle that looked like a combination between a four-wheeler and a tank.

When the former director of public works was asked why he enjoyed road work so much during his career, the first thing he said was, “You get to operate all kinds of equipment.”

Blackington retired in 2008 after 11 years of running Warren’s public works department. These days his idea of fun is throwing a chainsaw into the front basket of his ATV and heading out for a day of tree cutting.

His influence is remembered in the town. This year the Warren Board of Selectmen voted to dedicate the town report to him.

“A lifelong resident of the Midcoast, Ed Blackington was born in Camden on September 5, 1935, to Edward and Mary (Morong) Blackington,” the report states. “After graduating from Camden High School, he was a carpenter, a dog groomer, a mason, and a fisherman. … As a young man, Ed worked for the town of Camden on the road crew, and later, as a part-time plow driver for the town of Warren. For many years, he would leave his job as a carpenter at the first sign of snow. In 1997, Ed was hired as Director of Public Works, a job that he loved, and to which he dedicated himself entirely until his retirement in 2008.”

Blackington said he enjoyed the work and liked being in charge.

“When you’re in charge, you get to decide what you want to do,” he said.

As part of his work he has maintained and reconstructed local roads.

“During my tenure as road foreman, we rebuilt and paved nine dirt roads in town,” he said.

Another big part of the job for him was clearing the roads of snow. He remembers putting in 12- and 18-hour days during snowstorms. Sometimes, he would send the crew home after a day’s effort, only to turn in himself for a mere two hours of sleep before going back to work.

He remembers training plow drivers by having them drive the roads on clear days. “I’d say, learn the road when it’s clear. The next time you see it, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to be white.”

In his retirement, Blackington spends time with his wife, Elizabeth Clark. He has 12 children, not to mention his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Ed has taken the time given to him with his retirement to be active with the Warren Odd Fellows, travel, fish, ride his ATV and clear cut the back forty for firewood,” the town report states.

“I’ve got to do something,” Blackington said. “I can’t sit around and do nothing.”