Edward Pierce Wells


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Bar Harbor - Edward "Ted" Pierce Wells II died unexpectedly in Southwest Harbor, August 13, 2019. He was born in Boston, MA, March 8, 1947, the son of Heber and Phyllis (Burke) Wells.
Ted attended Holderness School in NH. He graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree, University of New Hampshire with a master's degree and University of Maine with a master's degree. Ted worked at Bass Harbor Marine and was a surveyor.
He was a violinist for Acadia Community Theatre, College of the Atlantic, UMO orchestra, The Grand, Winter Harbor Music Festival and TEMPO. He volunteered for the Peace Corp after college and again in his 60's. He mostly recently volunteered for Doctors without Borders in Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic.
He is survived by his daughter, Erica Leighton and (Mark); grandsons, Davis and Nathan; sister, Sarah Hill of Allentown, PA.; and longtime friend, Stephanie Wagner. He was predeceased by his parents.
A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. October 6, 2019, at Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor.
Contributions in Ted's memory may be made to the barharbormusicfestival.org. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
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Martha McCluskey
Aug 27, 2019
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Aug 23, 2019
Ted always had a special place in my heart. His daughter and I grew up together, as our Mums were lifelong best friends, but as people grow older they drift apart. We ran into one another unexpectedly a few years ago when I was a presenter at a conference for surveyors in Maine. It was a true delight to see him again. Ted, thanks for all of my childhood memories. (I still hate liver and onions, but love Stoffer’s French bread pizza...only my Dad and Ted will understand that ❤️❤️)
Aug 23, 2019
Apio's message really says it all. Ted was such a gentle, loving and generous person. He walked the walk, as they say. We'll miss him and his violin in all of the local orchestras. He brought his special presence to G and S pit every winter (when he wasn't doing his thing in Uganda). We'll really miss him.
Apio Betty Inyoin. Aug 23rd 2019
Aug 23, 2019
My name is Apio Betty Inyoin, i call myself his Ugandan village daughter, I’ve written most of this through a veil of tears & a lump in my throat. It’s difficult to honor my Dad in words, it’s not easy to capture someone in a speech, words frequently fall short of their true essence and they fall so far below the mark that I feel it is almost futile to try but I’ll have this to say;
I met Ted in 2009 in my village town Soroti, I was a teenage uneducated single mother of two children who both had sickle cells a terrible yet incurable disease, we were living in a grass thatched house without a proper roof & door, he connected with my children, he spoke my local language & cared to ask
...me how I live with my children, I told him my sad story, I am the only child of my deceased parents & I was raised in an orphanage which closed before I joined university, my children were sickly & I lost one of them to sickle cells in 2010, he supported me through my loss, its then that he decided to move us from my village to go to the capital city in 2012 to pursue my Bachelor of laws degree which I finished then he continued to sponsor my Master’s degree in laws which I’m only remaining with a thesis to write, he not only paid the university very expensive fees, he visited my school, he would ask questions of what I had learnt, he paid for our accommodation & our daily expenses. He bought reading books for my son & taught him how to read, he taught me how to use a computer & internet.
Ted turned our lives around, he registered my remaining only son in a very good hospital where he receives treatment, he would be there whenever my son got sickle cell attacks not just looking but helping, he taught us how to use escalators, how to eat pizza, ice cream, go to movie theatres, to watch traditional dancers & actors. He used to say “Apio … you’re a great mother, take good care of yo son” “I’m very proud of you” “you’re a big girl, you’re on yo own now” whenever he would be leaving my country, he used to say “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog” “Apio … if things are not alright, it’s not yet the end but in the end, things will be alright.” I hoped that he would be there in the end” “Apio … I never want to see you cry, I’m sure yo the reason I came to Uganda”
My Dad was a giant, the anchor that stabilized my life, my Hero, my Angel, my role model, someone said “when yo Dad dies, you lose yo umbrella against bad weather” “when yo father dies you have to adjust yo place in the world” I feel that excruciating pain knowing he’s never coming back, he’s gone forever, we’ve lost the most kind person, Dad … we will never ever forget about you, you gave yo self away for us, thanks for being selfless, the pain & gap you’ve left in our hearts can never be filled, we will never forget where you got us from & the far you brought us, we pray we meet again, you’ll always live in our hearts forever, I promise to give back yo kindness to someone someday, I thought I’d support you in yo old age, pay yo bills too. we thought we were forgotten by God until you showed up in our lives, we don't know where to go from here but we won't drown in this storm Dad, we will swim, thank you so much for everything, we love you Dad, may you rest in peace.
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Darrah Bowden
Aug 21, 2019
Ted was a dear presence at many family gatherings with my aunt Stephanie over the past 20+ years. Way back in the early part of that time, he let me rent a room from him in his lovely house the summer I graduated from high school, which I consider an act of generosity. One of the things I've admired about Ted was his commitment to his values, and the lengths he went to to help his friends as well as strangers. Sending love to all who knew Ted. He'll be sorely missed. The world is a better place because of him.
Cindy Hinnendael
Aug 20, 2019
Teddy, you are a special treasure. Reading, Ma grade school through the years. You attended our RMHS 65' 50th reunion. I once again enjoyed a weekend with you, 2 summers ago. The Japanese Garden, 2 popovers each with blueberry jam, dinners downtown, your solo on the violin from your deck amongst the freshly planted garden, the Hirshoff mast overhanging the dining table. You will remain in my thoughts enjoying a relaxed and simple minimalist lifestyle, an art to behold and cherished forever and ever.
Aug 20, 2019
Ted was my college roommate and a really good friend for the almost 50 years since graduation. He was someone special - a person who lived every day in accordance with his well-grounded and well-thought-out ideals and convictions. He will be missed.
Jon Weems
Aug 19, 2019
Ted was a solid and special guy who charted his own course through life. At one antiwar march in 1970, his 1950s hairstyle was so conspicuously different that marchers who didn’t know him thought he might be an undercover cop, but Ted couldn’t have cared less what they thought of him. Typical.
Jeff Ellenberger
Aug 17, 2019
Ted, your gentle and generous nature will be deeply missed. You are a beacon of light for all who knew you. You brought much joy to us, and inspire us with an example of a beautifully lived life, thank you!
John Sarmanian
Aug 17, 2019
Ted was a junior high school friend from Reading , Massachusetts. I remember him always having a smile for everyone. He was well liked by his many friends. I am so sorry to hear of his sudden passing.
Thomas Rankin
Aug 17, 2019
I wish him a place in the"Lamb's Book of Life"
Carol Metz
Aug 17, 2019
Deepest sympathy for your loss. The world was a better place with Ted. May Peace and Grace be with all Ted's family and friends.