Edward J. Morin
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ASHLAND -- Edward J. Morin passed away peacefully with family members present on Jan. 15, 2010, at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C.
Born in Ashland, July 2, 1923, he was the son of the late Alcide and Elsie (Berube) Morin. Eddie attended Ashland area schools.
He began his lifelong vocation as a boy of 13 working alongside his father in the Maine woods. In 1943 he was inducted into the armed forces serving in the Third Army of the European Theater of World War II under the command of General George S. Patton. Returning to Maine after an Honorable Discharge, he married Geneva Garrity in 1947 at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Portage. They enjoyed 62 years of married life together in Ashland. After his marriage, Eddie was employed by Forrest Page, a local farmer and businessman who was instrumental in serving as a mentor and supporter in the founding of his business, Morin and Morin Lumber Inc. As a couple, Eddie and Geneva operated the family lumber business for over 40 years.
Eddie was an active and respected member of his community. He served on the Ashland Town Council, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Washburn Trust Company and Merrill Bank. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Leblanc-Junkins Post #9699, member of the American Legion, Rotary Club, member of and contributor to the Ashland Logging Museum, and was a Third Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 2889 of Ashland.
Eddie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and friend. An avid hunter and fisherman, Eddie always found a sense of peace and fellowship with family and friends in the Northern Maine woods. Of the many joys of his life, his family was most important.
Edward J. Morin
Eddie is survived by his seven children, Cynthia (Frank) Wilcox, Columbia S.C., Nancy (Frank) Pytlak, Presque Isle, Patricia (Richard) Lyons, Hampden, Mary Ellen (Michael) Violette, Boise, Idaho, Mark (Alanna) Morin, Williston, N.D., Anne Marie (Jesse) Dodd, Grand Junction, Colo., and Peter (Nancy) Morin, Scarborough. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, Jason, Katelin, and Amanda Wilcox, Emily Pytlak Rooney, Andrew and Bethany Pytlak and Krystyna Pytlak Gonsioroski, Matthew and Megan Lyons, Cory, Amy Beth, and Michelle Violette, Shauna and Tara Morin Hillstrom, Edward, Jared, Genevieve, and Jacob Dodd, Ellie, Jackie and Trevor Morin; and two great-grandsons, Jackson and Logan Wilcox. He leaves one sister, Florence (Morin) Clark, Mars Hill; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents Eddie was predeceased by his wife Geneva in March 2008; a daughter, Pamela Sue Morin; and a brother, Ronald Morin.
A rosary will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, followed by visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Portage. Relatives and friends may also call at the church prior to service from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church at 1 p.m. on Thursday, with the Rev. Aaron Damboise, celebrant. Arrangements are a service of Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:
The Edward J. and Geneva G.
Morin Community Service
Scholarship for a graduating senior of Ashland Community
Care of Mark E. Morin, MD
913 3rd Ave. East
Williston, North Dakota 58801
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 20, 2010