Arthur “Ross” Edwards, 80, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2020 at Boothbay Green assisted living in Boothbay.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1939 in Allentown, PA, the son of the late Arthur and Constance (Ross) Edwards. He grew up in Wellesley, Mass. He married Leslie (Davis) Edwards in June of 1963 and they resided in Natick, Mass with their 3 boys until their move to Boothbay in 1987.
Ross was a graduate of Cambridge School of Weston, Mass., then went onto Franklin Institute in Boston where he earned an associates degree in automotive repair. He spent 2 years in the Navy as a SeaBee and 5 years in the reserves.
Ross had a love for antique cars and was a member of the Los Coaches car club as well as the Nash Car Club. In the 60’s and early 70’s he enjoyed drag racing. He and his family would attend many various car shows over the years. In the early 70’s Ross started his own automotive repair business called the Auto Doctors in Framingham, Mass. which he ran until 1987. After moving to Maine he worked at the Boothbay Railway Village where he helped maintain antique autos as well as run the general store for a number of years.
Ross and his family enjoyed many summers on Squirrel Island where he enjoyed the solitude of the island and numerous lobster bakes on the rocks. Ross enjoyed many civic duties, he was a past Boothbay Selectman, Constable, Board of Overseer on Squirrel Island and Boothbay Fireman. He was a member of the American Legion and past member of the Boothbay Civic Association.
Ross enjoyed photography, cats and German Shepherds, 50’s Rock n’ roll and had multiple juke boxes and pinball machines over the years. Ross loved to read, especially anything about World War II. He had numerous antique cars and trucks over the years and could often be seen going to fire calls in his orange 1973 corvette.
Ross was known as being loyal and he was always there when needed. He was outgoing, involved, and an advocate for many but could be stubborn at times.
Ross is predeceased by his Father and mother Arthur and Constance, (wife) Leslie in 2000 and (brother) George in 2012.
He is survived by (sons) Arthur Raymond Edwards and wife Gina of Mississippi, Scott Davidson Edwards of Boothbay, Steven Ross Edwards of Boothbay, (sister) Eleanor Eide of Edgecomb, (grandchildren) Melissa Pellitier of N.H., David Scott Edwards of Richmond and Suzannah Star Edwards of Boothbay.
He will be sadly missed to all that knew him and may he rest in peace.
A celebration of life will take place in the future due to the pandemic.
In lieu of flowers donations in Ross’s name can be made to the following organizations:
The Boothbay Civic Association: PO Box 81, Boothbay, ME 04537
Boothbay Fire Department: PO Box 106., Boothbay ME 04537
Boothbay Railway Village: PO Box 123, Boothbay, ME 04537
Midcoast Humane Society: 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick ME 04011
Hall’s of Boothbay has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, please visit hallfuneralhomes.com