Edwin George Packard

15 years ago

PACKARD, Edwin George, 89, Presque Isle, at his residence, December 19, 2009. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Arrangements in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle.



    ImagePRESQUE ISLE – Edwin G. Packard, 89, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2009 at his residence. He was born July 23, 1920 in Presque Isle, the son of Harvey and Mazie (Parker) Packard.
    Ed was proud to be a graduate of Presque Isle High School and helped organize many reunions. He was an all star pitcher and leftfielder from 1941-1948 in the Aroostook Baseball League.Image
    He served as a Coxwain  in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944-1946, in Palermo, and Sicily. During his service, Ed also pitched for the U.S. Navy on its European Team. During this time, Ed married Virginia Bakerbush on June 8, 1946 in Pittsburg, PA.
    He was a member of the V.F.W., Knights of Columbus, Live Wire Club, Aroostook Union Grange, S.A.D. 1 School Board, charter member  of the Presque Isle Country Club, Presque Isle Rotary, Chairman of Rotary Auction, was awarded the Paul Harris and Provas Awards as well as being named  Outstanding Presque Isle Citizen Award. Ed was a member of the Legion Post #88, past Post and County Commander, Legion Baseball coach, State Bowling Chair, Organizer of Memorial Parades and Honorary Parade Marshall. He was employed by Maine Mutual for thirty- six years as an underwriter and Vice President. He was a communicant of Saint Mary's Catholic Church and served on the Parish Council.
    Ginny and Ed enjoyed twenty -seven winters in Sebastian, FL. Dad taught us all to be proud of being from Aroostook, to eat Maine potatoes, and to work hard at whatever we do. Dad enjoyed his family and was proud of their academic and athletic accomplishments. He rarely missed an event his children and grandchildren participated in. Ed enjoyed playing golf, bowling, teaching his grandchildren to hit balls and play golf, and taught us how to play many card games.
    He is survived by his wife Virginia with whom he shared sixty-three years of marriage, two daughters: Judy Kenney and her husband Maylen of Castle Hill, and their children: Mark, Stacey and her husband Leif and their children Emily and Joshua, Gloria and her husband Lewis of Ellsworth and their children: Michael and his wife Meghan, and Kathleen. Ed also leaves behind two sisters-in-law: Gloria Kelley and Almira Packard, as well as special neighbors Roberta and Chrissy.
    In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by siblings: Dana Packard, Dorothy Murphy, and brother-in-law Tom Kelley.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6 Robert St., in Presque Isle with the Rev. Jean-Paul Labrie celebrant. Friends called at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service. A reception was held immediately following the service at the Knights of Columbus. A committal service with Military Honors was conducted following the reception at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Building Fund or to Hospice of Aroostook. Arrangements in care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. Condolences may be expressed at www.duncangraves.com.