1933 – 2016

AUGUSTA — Edwin Huntman Inness, “Ed”, 83, of Rangeley, died the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, with his loving family at his side.

He was born on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1933, in Portland, the son of Edwin Lemont and Edith (Haines) Inness. He was a graduate of South Portland High School and Kent’s Hill School in Readfield and attended the University of Maine, Orono. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict and was a reservist for 14 years in Portland.

On Sept. 28, 1957, at the South Portland Congregational Church, he married his best friend, Zenna Kinney.

Ed worked with his dad at Inness Photo on Ocean Street in South Portland, took over the business after his father’s passing and retired in 1990. For 23 years, he and his wife wintered in St. Augustine, Fla. In 1991, they relocated and made Rangeley their retirement home.

He was a past president of the S. Portland/Cape Elizabeth Jaycees and was past Maine Jaycee state vice president. He earned the distinction of JCI Senator No. 05176. In 1967, he was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for the United Fund Business Campaign. From 1968-69 he served as president of the S. Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club (at that time, he was the youngest-serving club president in New England).

He received his 50-year Masonic pin. He was a member of Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 0180, S. Portland and Joppa Royal Arch Chapter No 13, S. Portland, the Portland/St. Alban Commandery No. 2 and Knights Templar, Portland. He was a member of the Kora Temple Shrine.

He served on the board of South Portland Health Services. In his retirement, he remained an active member of the Rangeley community and served on the board of Rangeley Housing Development, the Rangeley Historical Society and for years, worked for the Meals on Wheels program. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 120, Rangeley, and served as post commander from 1999-2000.

He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and “antiquing,” collecting his favorite pieces of ruby glass. He was a lifelong New York Giants fan. His friendly, kind and generous spirit were gifts to those who knew and loved him and will be forever cherished and missed.

He is survived by Zenna, of Rangeley; two sons: Edwin Dow Inness and his wife, Laurie, of Dayton, and their son, Edwin Francis Inness, a student at St. Michael’s College, Vt., and Christopher John Inness “CJ,” of Old Orchard Beach.; siblings, Jan Wesselman and her husband, Robert, of St. Augustine, Fla., and John Inness and his wife, Janet, of Rochester, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jill Galvin; and a sister-in-law, Judith Young.

 Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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