Edward W. Ferland


LEWISTON – Edward W. Ferland, a Lewiston resident, an avid golfer, and a man of great character, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Central Maine Medical Center, surrounded by his loved ones.

A Mexico native, and the son of Arthur and Mary McDonald Ferland, he was born Oct. 13, 1923.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his graduation from Mexico High School in 1942 and, as a member of the 4th Marine Division served in the South Pacific, where he was seriously wounded in action in Saipan in June 1944. He earned a Purple Heart and left the Marines as a sergeant.

After a lengthy recuperation, he joined various family businesses, among them Ferland’s Dairy, working as an accountant. Later, Union Water Power Co. in Lewiston employed him in that capacity, as did Central Maine Power in Augusta, from which he retired in 1984.

He was a member of the Elks, both in Lewiston and in Rumford, where he served as Exalted Ruler.

He was a man whose dry wit was irrepressible, and one known for his gentle demeanor and old-fashioned courtesy. His son Bill considered him “the strongest man I ever knew.”

He enjoyed golfing with his son, Bob, and his son-in law, Charles, as well as with a group of seniors at the Prospect Golf Club. When his health kept him from playing last summer, he would drive to the course to watch his friends’ game. He never lost interest in challenging anyone to a cribbage contest, in dining out with friends and family, and in watching his grandchildren grow.

He lost his wife and beloved companion of 47 years, Beverly Bouford Ferland, in February 2004.

Surviving are four children, Karen Rivero, and her husband, Martin “Tony,” of Acton, Mass., Robert “Bob” Ferland, and his wife, Jocelyn, of Casco, William “Bill” Ferland, of Lewiston and Lynda Morin, and her husband, Charles, of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Henry, and his wife, Joan, of Eddington; a brother-in-law, Paul Arsenault, of Rumford; and a sister-in-law, Gwendolyn “Pinky” of Mexico.