LINCOLN - Edward Andrew DiCenso passed away Dec. 20, 2012. He was born Feb. 11, 1922, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., one of six children born to Emidio and Mary Piedmont DiCenso.
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He entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and flew weather reconnaissance missions over the North Atlantic Ocean and in the European Theater of Operations during the war. While stationed at the Presque Isle airbase, he met an aircraft sheet metal worker, Josephine Alice DeMarey of Lincoln; they were married in 1945. He attended Samson College in New York and transferred to Syracuse University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in art education and a Master of Fine Arts degree as well. At Syracuse, he pioneered early educational television with a live art class for children that was broadcasted on Saturday mornings. He earned a master's degree in education from the University of Maine as well as a certificate of advanced studies for superintendancy. Ed became a teacher in Henrietta, N.Y., and upon moving to Maine, he taught in local area schools, and became the principal of Lewis S. Libby School, Milford. Later, he became superintendent of schools in Etna, Carmel and Dixmont. Next, he became the Maine state supervisor of art in Augusta. He then moved on to administer the Maine Indian Education program in Calais. He was the superintendent for all of the Indian schools in the state and also oversaw the education of Native Americans at non-Indian schools as well. Ed served on Lincoln Planning Board for nearly 25 years. He had been a member of the Methodist church in Lincoln, where he served several years as communicant. He was a member of American Legion and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1438, Lincoln, where he served as post commander and was chairman of Veteran's Monument Committee. He retired to his home in Lincoln. He was a licensed amateur radio operator, K1QXU, for more than 66 years. He loved spending time with his family, boating and fishing in Mattanawcook Lake.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Josephine. He is also survived by four children, Michael and wife, Kim, Gary, Patricia, David and wife, Jackie; seven grandchildren, Randall, Heidi and husband, DJ, Amanda, Samantha, Daniel, Douglas, and Andrew; and four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Cooper, Gwen and Phebie.
In lieu of a funeral, committal services will be held in the spring, at the family's request. Condolences may be expressed at
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 24, 2012