Edward E. Partridge, Jr. (1940-2008)

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BELGRADE LAKES – Edward E. Partridge, Jr., “Ed”, 68, of Belgrade Lakes, Maine, died at home with his family by his side on Tuesday Sept. 23, 2008.

He was born, Aug. 14, 1940, in Farmington, the son of Earl and Mae (Mashburn) Partridge. He traveled from Belgrade to Pinehurst, NC in his early years. He attended school in Belgrade Lakes in the two-room schoolhouse with Florence Johnson as his teacher. Later on, Ed’s family settled in Bath where he graduated from Morse High School, Class of 1958. He worked at Bath Iron Works and attended the University of Southern Maine before going into the Air Force.

Ed was stationed in Germany for four years which allowed him the opportunity to tour the countryside. He always enjoyed talking with everyone about Germany when they stopped by and he would try to have a conversation in German when possible. For his 60th birthday, the family had a large party with German food and he received tickets to return to Germany which he thoroughly enjoyed. While there, he also had the chance to visit Venice.

Ed worked for Camp, Dresser and McKee of Boston and Faye, Spofford & Thorndike where he worked on sewerage treatment plants and later did hazardous waste. For the past 18 years, he and his wife, Jan, owned and operated Balloons & Things.

Ed and Jan were married Sept. 16, 1973 in Belgrade Lakes. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and their annual trips to Branson, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, of Belgrade Lakes; two daughters: Cheryl Partridge of Belgrade Lakes and Susan Dussault and her husband, Louis of Augusta and granddaughter, Priscilla, who Ed always referred to as “Binky”; a sister, Nancy Penney and her husband, Bob of South Berwick, a brother, Jerry Partridge of Florida; two nephews, Norman and Darren Guay. He was predeceased by his parents.

The family wants to thank the many townspeople who would stop by and sit on the front steps and visit with Ed since his stroke four years ago. Thanks to Dr. Hertler and Carol Johnson for the care that Ed received over the last eleven years and the great care from Healthreach and Healthcare for
the past two weeks. A special thank-you to Lee Lyford of Healthreach Hospice and Wanda Finke, a friend from the Village Camps for their care and support.

Public graveside services will be held Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2008, at 1 PM from the Pine Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, with Rev. Bill Meyers officiating. Following services, all are welcome to return to the Partridge home at 174 Main St., Belgrade Lakes, for a family reception. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that gifts be given in his name to Families and Children Together, Maine Kids-Kin, 304 Hancock St., Bangor, ME. 04401. Condolences may be sent via e-mail to his family at info@wilesrc.com Service arrangements are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center 137 Farmington Falls Rd., (Rtes. 2 & 27) Farmington.

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