Edmund P. Pingree, 92

DENMARK — Edmund Parker Pingree, 92, of Denmark, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born March 12, 1922, in Denmark on the family farm. He was the son of the late Charles and Ethel (Harmon) Pingree. Edmund attended school in Denmark and graduated from Denmark High School in 1940. In 2008 the farm was lost in a fire and a new home was constructed, where he lived the rest of his life.

His first priority in his life was working and taking care of his family. He worked as a woodsman, a farmer, tending the family milking farm, on road crews, and even Road Commissioner for Denmark, and he also served as selectman. He worked briefly for the State road crew, and then he worked at the Bridgton Knitting Mill for 25 years, from where he retired in 1987.

He served in the Army during WWII and was very proud of his service. He was discharged in 1946 and returned home to Denmark, where he continued to work on the farm and cut pulp wood in the area woods. He would cut and stack five cords of wood by hand for $25. There wasn't a book about WWII that he hadn’t read. He loved reading, watching Jeopardy, and loved the Red Sox, even though he would get so mad at them. At home he would garden, cut wood and mow the lawns. He would cook and shop and do whatever he could to take care of all of us. He raised strawberries and raspberries. Through the years he even babysat the grandkids. Edmund was a proud member of the Mt. Moriah Lodge #56 and in Oct. 2013 he celebrated 70 years as a member. He also belonged to the Hiram VFW Post 7642.

He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Marilyn “Jeannie” Pingree; his parents Charles and Ethel Pingree; and his siblings, Frank Pingree and wives Theresa (Croteau) Pingree and Arlene (Trumbull) Pingree, Alice (Pingree) and Neal Mosley, Irene (Pingree) and Abel Duplessis; and Baby Mary. He was the last of his generation.

He is survived by his children, Lee Ann and David Shand of Denmark, Pam Hale of Fryeburg, Robert and Kimberly Pingree  of Denmark; grandchildren, Kevin and Kelly Hale of Sebago, Jesse and Christian Thompson of Naples, Jake Pingree and Brittany Bowden of Brownfield, and Riley Pingree and Tiara Normandin of Denmark; four great-grandkids, Taale, Jordan, Arabella and Claytin. He had many nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited and may visit with the family Friday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren Street, Fryeburg. A Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m. by Mt. Moriah Lodge. A funeral services will be held at the Denmark Congregational Church in Denmark, Saturday, April 26th, at 1 p.m. A reception, provided by the Women’s Fellowship, will follow immediately at the Municipal Building.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Denmark Congregational Church, P.O. Box 816, Denmark, ME 04022. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg, Maine. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org

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