Edward Lee Black, 65, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport. He was born June 20, 1945, in St. Stephens, Canada. The son of Frank and Caroline Fitzsimmons Black, Ed grew up in Tenants Harbor, attended local schools and graduated from St. George High School in the class of 1963.

Ed began working with the state of Maine as a tester for the quality of soils and tars. He lived for a time in Connecticut where he did testing for the quality of concrete and sold insurance. When he returned to Maine he began peddling fish, then expanded to buying, selling and trucking lobsters all over New England and New York under the name Edward L. Black Seafood. He purchased and operated the Marshall Point Lobster Pound as a part of the seafood business. He also ran his Fast Dog Trucking business, hauling seafood for other companies. With partner, Gary Harper, Ed co-owned the Black Harpoon Restaurant and later with his cousin, Harold Black, built the Sea Store in Tenants Harbor.

While in the seafood business, Ed was one of the founding members of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, and belonged to the Maine Import/Export Lobster Dealers Association. In recent years, Ed was an active member of the Port Clyde Advent Christian Church, where he served on the standing committee. The church was very important to him.

Ed was interested in current events and government. He enjoyed reading and watching the news. He had strong opinions and loved a good discussion. His three sons meant the world to him.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Margaret “Peggy” Black of Tenants Harbor; sons, Brent Edward Black and his companion April Feener of Tenants Harbor, Tyson Campbell Black of Evansville, Ind., and David Frank Joseph Black of Tenants Harbor; sisters, Lillian B. Collins of Titusville, Fla., and Evarose Fairbrother and her husband, Archie, of Alton; grandchildren, Deakan Stone, Austin Stone and Landon Black all of Tenants Harbor, and Kaitlyn Jeanette Bean Black of Evansville, Ind.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Jean Campbell of Tenants Harbor; and special friend, Mary Landry of Alexander.

A service to celebrate Edward’s life will be held Monday, June 13 at 2 p.m. at the Port Clyde Advent Christian Church, 861 Port Clyde Road in Tenants Harbor with the Rev. Gregory T. Twitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Ridge Cemetery in St. George. Should friends desire, contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to the St. George Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Association, 3 School St., P.O. Box 131, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860-0131.

To share condolences, memories and photos with the Black family, visit their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are with the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 78 Main St. in Thomaston.