Edward E. Buehler

RAYMOND — Edward E. Buehler, 91, of Raymond passed away peacefully at Bridgton Hospital the afternoon of Aug. 8, 2011.

Born in Chicago, Ill. on Sept. 24, 1919, his family moved to New York where he lived for the next 60 years. He was a patient and tolerant man, working his way up from the mailroom to a corner office on the 45th floor in Manhattan.  His career path started with the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Inc. in Manhattan.  He worked there for a few years until taking a position at W & J Sloane, Inc., where he ended as a senior vice president in 1974.  He spent the remainder of his career as senior vice president and comptroller with Frederick Atkins, Inc. until his retirement in 1986.

Ed married the love of his life, Barbara, on Nov. 23, 1946. Together, they raised three daughters in Glen Head, N.Y., where they lived many happy years with many wonderful friends. Ed was a collector, and he found his true passion when he started collecting clocks and pocket watches in the 1960s. He was a member of the National Watch and Clock Collectors Association for several years, and spent many hours fixing clocks and watches for himself and friends.  He was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel the world with Barbara, sometimes through work and sometimes for pleasure. One of the most exciting trips he ever took was to Germany where his family originated.

After his retirement, Ed and Barbara moved to Florence, S.C. to be closer to Ed’s sister Doris and her husband, Ray. They had several wonderful years there, embracing the community and the lovely weather. In 1998, Ed lost Barbara to cancer. It was the hardest time of his life, but he remained strong and active. In 2007, Ed made his last big move to Maine to live with his youngest daughter, Karen, and her family.

Ed loved many things in the long life he lived. His family was always his priority, his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all meant the world to him. His friends were numerous, whether they were playing bridge, sailing, golfing, or just going out to dinner. He will always be remembered for his evening Beefeater, his daily crossword puzzle, John Wayne movies, Glenn Miller music and dancing, reading a book a day and quiet times just sitting on the porch. He was always a perfect gentleman and truly wonderful man.

Ed was predeceased by his wife, Barbara; his parents Edward and Emilie; and by his oldest daughter, Lorraine.

Surviving are his sister, Doris Sheehan of Florence, S.C.; two children, Karen A. Gordon of Raymond and Nancy M. France of Lake Katrine, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco. A funeral mass will be held 12 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Windham. Online condolences may be left for the family at hallfuneralhomeinc.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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