Edward Lawrence Mardigan

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Edward Lawrence
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PORTLAND -- Edward L. Mardigan, of Portland, died peacefully after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough. Edward was born on May 5, 1931, the son of Armenian Immigrants, Lucy Amergian Mardigan and Sooren Mardigan in Detroit, Mich.
Raised in Portland, Edward went to Deering High School and was an 'All Letter All Sport Athlete' excelling in baseball as a pitcher, basketball and football.
After high school, he went on to New Hampton Prep. School and attended Bates College where he was a star athlete at both schools. Ed then did a tour of duty in the Korean Conflict with the 2nd Infantry Division and earned the 'Combat Infantry Badge.'
Upon his return he played in several twilight baseball and softball leagues never wanting to put the glove down! Ed also was one of the founding partners of the Portland Seahawks semi-pro football team.
In 2002, Ed was recognized for his athleticism and was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame for his outstanding pitching abilities.
Raised in the grocery business alongside his father, Ed owned and operated the Hillside Red & White Market in South Portland for many years. He went on to own Amergian Brothers Market with his daughter Julie alongside him. Amergian Brothers was originally started by his uncle, George Amergian.
While running the market he successfully bought and rehabilitated several apartment buildings which are now operating as family shelters on Chestnut Street in Portland.
Ed's passions in life were baseball and automobiles. He could talk about baseball and cars for hours it seemed. Ed was also very proud of his Armenian Heritage. It meant a lot to him knowing that his father was a survivor of the Armenian genocide.
Edward was predeceased by his sister, Sylvia Mardigan Tevanian; and his nephew, Jeffrey Tevanian. He is survived by his former wife, Jean E. Mardigan of Cape Elizabeth; his children, Stephen E. Mardigan and partner Patricia Nixon of Portland, Julie A. Mardigan of South Portland and Leslie and Normand Poulin of South Portland; his two grandchildren, Stefani Greco and Emme Poulin; his brother-in-law, Arthur Tevanian; niece Elisabeth Miles and family of Livingston, N.J.; along with many cousins. E Ed will be remembered for his 'quick wit' and a certain way to instill his opinion on you whether you liked it or not! His presence will be missed by his family and friends.
The family is more than grateful to the staff at Maine Veterans' Home for their outstanding care and compassion for Ed. They truly are remarkable.
At his request, a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Armenian section of Forest City Cemetery in South Portland. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Arrangements were made by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland. Online condolences may be placed at www.Hobbsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations made to:
National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.
1501 N.W. 9th Ave. /
Bob Hope Road
Miami, Florida 33136-1494
Edward Lawrence Mardigan

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2013
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