PORTLAND - Saturday, March 8, 2014, Ed Babino, 83, died suddenly at his home at Birchwoods at Canco. He was loved and cared for by his family and the wonderful people at Birchwoods. He will be deeply missed. Ed was born Aug. 29, 1930, the son of Margie Babineau and Edward J. Babineau Sr.
He was predeceased in death by his wife, Alfreda Delano Babino. His remaining relatives include his sister, Joanne Twombly; his children, Jeffrey Babino, Denise Bell, Elizabeth Stephens, David Babino; and their spouses, Robin Babino, Jeff Bell, Dutch Stephens, and Trish Babino. "Bucky," as his grandchildren knew him, loved his grandchildren dearly, Jaime (Babino) Haight, Joe Babino, Emily Bell, Ally Bell, Sara Stephens, Patrick Stephens, Cory Reed, Jenny Babino, Philip Reed, Jessica Babino, and Amy Babino. "Bucky" also had the joy of two great-grandchildren, Tyler, and Rylan Haight whom he adored.
Ed graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1949 and on May 27, 1952, married Alfreda Delano with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage. Ed and Alfreda loved fishing and traveling together; but most of all loved spending time with their family. Ed was an enthusiastic cheerleader on the sidelines of soccer fields, baseball diamonds, swimming pools, dance studios, cheerleading competitions, equestrian rings, and track fields. He loved cheering on each of his grandchildren in their individual pursuits.
Ed served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, graduated from the University of Maine Orono with a degree in Secondary Education and completed a Master's Degree in Mathematics and Physical Science at Colby College. In further pursuit of learning, he did glaucoma research at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Ed had a lifelong dedication to education where he touched the lives of young people and teachers in profound ways. He taught mathematics, physics, and chemistry at Mount Desert High School in Northeast Harbor, was principal there, and later became principal of Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth.
Upon retiring from education, Ed worked as the Director of Training at LL Bean in Freeport. Most recently, Ed was the President of the Resident Council at Birchwoods at Canco. His other interests included golf, tennis, Red Sox and the Patriots, his grandchildren's college teams, his church, and volunteering. Ed worked 17 years as a volunteer in the emergency room at Maine Medical Center where he provided a calming presence for patients awaiting care. At St. Joseph's Church in Zephyrhills, Fla., Ed served as a Eucharist Minister serving in Sunday services and bringing communion to those unable to come to church. Together, Ed and his wife, Alfreda, were active supporters of Maine Children's Cancer Program, Bread for the World, and a program for education of students in the Philippines.
Ed will be remembered for being an incredible grandfather, his loving outreach to others, his dedication to teaching, his enthusiastic spirit at Birchwoods, his sense of humor, and his deep love for his family.
Visiting hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday March 15, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 299 Main St., Gorham, with a reception following in the church hall. Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth, later this spring. In lieu of flowers, a favorite charity of Ed's was Maine Children's Cancer Program. To share condolences, memories and tributes with his family, please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com.