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Edgar W. MacConnell

July 1, 1931 ~ February 4, 2020 (age 88)

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Ed MacConnell, 88 of York, Maine died Tuesday February 4, 2020 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Scranton, PA on July 1, 1931, he was the son of Carleton and Margaret MacConnell. He is survived by his two daughters, Kristen MacConnell and her partner Josh of Pichilemu, Chile and Jennifer Kauder and her husband Eric of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was predeceased by sister Gretchen. Ed graduated from Lehigh University and later earned his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. He was dedicated to a life of service from his time in the Army to his career as a social worker. Upon his retirement he moved to York, ME where he was an avid volunteer in the community. Throughout his golden years he volunteered as a CASA advocate, at the local elementary school, the Living Well Center, and at York Hospital. From an early age Ed developed a love of music. Like his father, Carleton, Ed played the saxophone. In the 1950’s Ed and his friends would go to Jazz clubs in New York City. As an adult, Ed took great joy in both playing his saxophone and listening to jazz and classical music. One of Ed’s greatest joys was spending time with his daughters. Each weekend was a new adventure from making up games on the playground to visiting local museums in Cleveland, OH where Ed lived most of his adult life. As his girls grew older he visited them wherever life took them- university, graduate school, work, etc. Ed was kind, honest, independent, and humble. He was a lifelong learner, taking classes through the Maine Senior College Network in his retirement and spending many hours at the York Public Library—his home away from home! He was compassionate, courteous, and a true example of a gentleman. He loved to engage with the world around him. He enjoyed art, playing and listening to music, nature, dogs, and (of course!) desserts. Most of all, Ed loved his family and friends. Being a father was one of his greatest adventures and proudest accomplishments in life. Donations in Lieu of flowers to: Maine Public Radio, York Library, AARP


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