Edward W. Blackington

Jan 16, 2020

Warren — Edward W. Blackington of Warren died gently at Sussman House Jan. 6, 2020, after a long struggle with Parkinson disease. Born the son of Mary (Morong) and Edward Blackington in Camden in 1935, he graduated from Camden High School in 1952.

Ed was master of any trade or hobby to which he put his hand. A lifelong lover of animals, in the ‘70s, he was renowned as a dog groomer and was proud to be a part of the creation of the Camden Animal Rescue League/P.A.W.S. He was the State Humane Agent for a time, and trained Labs for hunting.

Ed spent much of his working life in construction, building his own houses and working on many others in the area. In 1997, he was named foreman of the road crew in Warren, where he had worked part time, and spent the next ten years happily building and maintaining our roads.

Ed was involved with both Little League and Cub Scouts in Camden, and was a longtime active member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge 207, Warren.

He was a champion archer and avid hunter who built his own bows. Until he was effectively blind, he could be found at the side of a brook or in his kayak, fly rod in hand, using the flies he tied himself. He was a fine bowler and an extraordinarily graceful ice skater, having learned that skill as a child on the Bog in Camden.

Ed loved to travel. With his wife, Lis Clark, and his faithful dog, Stewie, he spent the last couple of years of his life refusing to waste time, traveling the country in a tiny RV, seeing all he could from coast to coast, and discovering that he loved the desert.

Ed is survived by his children, Charles and his wife, Jan, Christine Lane and her husband, Steve, and Carmen Douglas and her husband, Tim, children of Ella May (Bolan); Melissa Mushrall, Scott Blackington and partner Tori Lynn Emerson, Todd and his partner, Holly Wright, and Casey Blackington and partner Amanda Fullington, Wayne and his partner, Karen Dodge and Terry Bolan, and Cheryl Bolan Duffy and her husband, John, children of Cynthia (Ripley), all of the midcoast, and Bill Kinnane and his husband, John Petersen, of Atlanta, as well as his sister, Irene Landers of Hope.

He is predeceased by his parents, a son, Alan, and his daughter, Jane.

He will be remembered by nieces and nephews and many wonderful grand- and great grandchildren.

He wanted no funeral. We’ll gather in the spring to raise a glass and tell stories.

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