NORRIDGEWOCK -- Edwin C. Garland Sr., 91, of Norridgewock, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Edwin was born in Parkman on Oct. 22, 1921, the son of Crowell and Ruth (Greeley) Garland.
He served in the Navy.
Edwin met and married the love of his life, Ida Grant, in 1941. Edwin and Ida raised his six children. He worked at Norrwock Shoe Co. and New Balance Shoe until he retired in 1984.
Edwin and Ida went to the Norridgewock Baptist Church for many years until health issues prevented them from attending. Edwin and his family enjoyed camping together. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is predeceased by a daughter, Carole Emerson; and sisters Evelyn Bridges and Margaret LeBlanc.
Edwin is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ida Grant Garland, of Norridgewock; three sons, Edwin Garland Jr., and wife, Jeannette, of Norridgewock, Gerry Garland and wife, Sandra, of Ocala, Fla., and Earl Garland and wife, Doreen, of Norridgewock; two daughters, Rita Jones, and husband, Jim, of Norridgewock, and Donna Foss and husband, Fred, of Ocala; two brothers, Donald Garland, and wife, Jean, of Fairfield, and Crowell Garland Jr. and wife, Ethel; son-in-law Ralph Emerson and wife, Betty, of Norridgewock; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Norridgewock Baptist Church in Norridgewock.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may make a donation in Edwin's memory to the Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, P.O. Box 3069, Skowhegan, ME 04976.