SOUTHPORT — Edwin Lesley McKown died suddenly on March 3, 2012 with his loving family by his side.

Edwin was born on Southport Island on September 9, 1921 the son of the late Wadsworth and Mima Burrows McKown. Edwin was a direct descendent of the first settler of Southport and Boothbay Harbor and lived in the region his entire life.

Edwin was a member of the greatest generation and served his country during World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 14, 1941 and served until October 30, 1945. He trained and served stateside and eventually in the Pacific Theatre from Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and island hopping as far as the Philippines. His unit the 345th Bomb Group received two Presidential Citations and Edwin received the Good Conduct Medal.

After the war Edwin returned home, married, and raised a family. He had his own upholstery business for many years as well as working for several shipyards in the Boothbay area, and eventually for the Maine Department of Marine Resources where he retired as a Master Carpenter.

Edwin was predeceased by his brothers Emerson and Francis and his sister Thelma Barlow.

He is survived and will be sorely missed by his son Raymond McKown and his wife Magally, daughters Sheryl and her husband Gregory Kehaya, Susan McKown and her companion Robert Wilson, and Sarah Blais and her husband Robert. Six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and a thoughtful, loving niece Carroll McKown.

Memorial donations may be made to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice or the Boothbay Harbor Historical Society and Museum PO Box 272 Boothbay Harbor Me, 04538.

A time of visitation will be held on Thursday March 8, 2012 from 6 to 8 in the evening at the Simmons Harrington and Hall Funeral Home 975 Wiscasset Rd Boothbay, ME 04537 and a funeral service will be held March 9, 2012 at 11am at Simmons Harrington and Hall Funeral Home with Pastor Eric James officiating. You are invited to share your condolences, photos and tributes with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at The staff of Simmons Harrington and Hall is caring for the family.

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