Edward C. Werler, 102

Edward Werler

Edward Werler

WALDOBORO — Edward Charles Werler, the oldest resident of Waldoboro at 102, passed away on the morning of Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by loving family and friends.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 15, 1913, the son of Edward G. Werler and Elizabeth Young.

He grew up in Indiana where he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Ray. They moved to Connecticut and began vacationing in Maine. They enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking, and the northwoods so much they made the decision to move to Maine in 1947, where Ed got a job as fire warden on Daisy Mountain in the small town of Stacyville.

In 1950, he fell in love with Mt. Katahdin, and wound up working as a ranger for the summers at Baxter State Park. In 1960, he was offered a full-time position in Cape Elizabeth as ranger of Two Lights State Park, which he helped build. In 1968, he became district park supervisor of southern Maine, and moved to Saco, where he retired in 1982.

After 50 years of marriage, he lost his first love, and a year or so later found love again with Martha Day in Damariscotta. They married, and enjoyed a life together on Duck Puddle Pond in Waldoboro. They had a beautiful home named “Werler’s Woods” by he and Martha, which is where he passed.

Besides his parents and two wives, Ed was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy; and half-brother, Marion.

He is survived by his son, Edward G. Werler of Harpswell; daughter, Catherine E. Tait of Raymond; five grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews in other states.

A funeral for Ed will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St. in Damariscotta. A reception will follow the service in the reception room of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta. Condolences, and messages for the family may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com

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