MACHIAS – Edward Earl Sprague left us Jan. 23, 2014, at a Bangor hospital, after a short illness. He was born Jan. 15, 1937, in Machias, the son of the late Earl Edward and Myrtle (Vane) Sprague.
Eddie attended Machias schools and served in the 11th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army from 1955-1958. He also attended Washington State Teacher’s College after his discharge. Although he had many jobs, and frequently worked multiple jobs at a time, his career was as a fireman/ fire chief at the Cutler Navy Base, retiring in 1992. Since then he worked for the E. Pellon Co. He was a member of Harwood Lodge No. 91 in Machias, since 1974, and Eastern Star No. 83 since 1992. He was a member and past president of the Machias Lions Club. Member and past president of the Washington County Shrine Club. Ed was a very active member of Anah Shriners since June of 1974 and served as Potentate in 2008. He was very active in town politics, as a volunteer fireman, and was instrumental in getting the new fire station built.
He is survived by his wife, high school sweetheart and best friend of 60 plus years, Gayle (Kilton) Sprague; four children, Debra Lovelady of Machias, Timothy of Zapata, Mexico, Denice Hopkins of Machias, and Earl Edward and his wife, Sherry, of Whiting; six grandchildren, Edward Earl and Joshua Sprague of Winston, Ga., Abigayle and Ryan Hopkins of Machias, and Agar and David Sprague of Zapata, Mexico; and a great-granddaughter, Breyanna Sprague of Winston, Ga.; one sister, Esther and husband, Ed Pellon, of Machias; three sisters-in-law, Peggyanne Kilton of Winthrop, Linda Player of Bluffton, S.C., and Jane Pennell of Fairfield; 15 nieces and nephews; and many many friends. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his older sister. Barbara Denbow.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 1 p.m. until time of funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias, immediately followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Anah Shrine, 586 Main St., Bangor,ME 04401; or to Downest Daughters Club, Daughters of the Nile, care of Debra Lovelady. 27 Gardner Ave. Machias, ME 04654. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.