SMITHFIELD — Edwin John Atkinson, 65, died at his home Tuesday, Oct. 26, after a long, hard battle fighting Leukemia, with his family and friends at his side.
He was born in Rittle, England, a son of Edwin R. and Mary A. Eddy Atkinson and was raised in Gardiner. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and an expert Badge Rifle M-16, M-14.
Ed was a master carpenter, having built many houses in the greater Atlanta, Ga., areas. He was a volunteer firemen, training officer and assistant chief for the Walton County, Georgia Fire Department. He was a truck driver across the country, when he was not building houses. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors.
He is survived his children, Julie Morris and her husband, Gary, of Virginia, Michael Andres of Florida, Jeffrey Atkinson and wife, Aisha Musa, of Florida, Michelle Atkinson and partner, Terry Kinney, of Maine, Mary Murray and her partner, William Callahan, of Maine, Alison Watts and husband, Alex, of Hawaii and Sarah Doan and husband, Dennis, of Kentucky; brothers and sisters, Linda Karlsson and her husband, Kurt, of Maine, Jacqueline Donahue and husband, Michael, of Maine, John Rankins and his wife, Sherry, of Maine, and Richard Rankins Jr. and his wife, Bonnie, of Maine; several stepbrothers and sister from Connecticut; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his stepfather, Richard Rankins Sr.; and his mother.