Theodore V. Enslin (1925-2011)

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MILBRIDGE – Theodore V. Enslin, 86, died at his home on Nov. 21, 2011.

He was born March 25, 1925, in Chester, Penn., which he left at an early age. After living many years on Cape Cod, Mass., he moved to Temple, Maine, in the mid-1960s. His last move was to Milbridge in 1978.

Music and poetry were the center of Ted’s life and he traveled throughout the United States teaching and reading his own poetry to appreciative audiences.

He is survived by his wife, Alison of Milbridge; son, Jonathan and wife Bonnie, of Massuchusetts; daughter Deidre, also of Massachusetts; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his sister, Priscilla Marsh of Buffalo, N.Y.

He was predeceased by a son, Jacob.

Anyone who knew Ted will be familiar with his desire to have the last word — so here it is:

“In lieu of a memorial service or other observances, I would prefer that concerned friends in thinking of me might listen to or perform, the Brahms Intermezzo, Opus 118 #2, whenever it might occur to them as appropriate. To me, that one short piece sums up what I might have hoped to achieve in a life in art.”

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  1. I remember Ted Enslin from Temple and always enjoyed talking to him or reading his poetry. He was a very knowledgeable man and very intelliengt. Sorry to learn of his passing but he lived a good full life the way he wanted life to be. My condolences to his family and friends. God Bless and rest in peace Ted. My children and I have many fond memories of Ted when he came to visit us at our home in Temple.

  2. Ted was probably the original Temple writer’s pioneer, leading the way for
    Mitch Goodman, Denise Levertov and George Dennison and at least partially
    responsible for their relocation to this area. He’ll be missed.

    Paul Mills

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