Ervin F. Wooster, obituary

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 5:00pm

OWLS HEAD — Ervin F. Wooster, 93, died peacefully, Sunday, August 2, 2020, at the Sussman House in Rockport, with his wife Joyce by his side.

Born in Owls Head, March 24, 1927, he was the son of C. Ansel and Elvie (Robinson) Wooster. He was raised in Rockland on Holmes Street. Ervin was educated in Rockland, graduating Rockland High School in 1945. He entered the service two months before graduating, and served in the Navy during World War II on board the USS Midway.

On June 14, 1947, he married Barbara (Brewer) Wooster. They were married for sixty years, until Barbara passed away in 2007. For many years he worked at the Rockland A&P, eventually becoming a manager. In 1974, he and his son, Glenn Wooster, built and opened a Western Auto in Waldoboro that operated for more than twenty years. Never one to be idle, Ervin also delivered the Portland Press Herald, and later The Free Press, until he was 88 years old. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rockland for many years. He also attended Owls Head Baptist Church and West Rockport Baptist Church.

Ervin and Barbara enjoyed watching their son Glenn play basketball, and were recognized as one the longest running season ticket holders of the Rockland Tigers basketball program. Ervin spent many happy years watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gather at the family cottage in Union. He was always busy taking his grandchildren fishing, for rides in his dune buggy and old jeep, and whatever watersports they wanted to try. His grandchildren were never bored when he was around! Ervin always greeted you with a smile and always had a joke ready to make you laugh.

Ervin loved walking, and often would walk from his home on Rankin Street to the end of the Breakwater and back. On shorter hikes with his grandchildren, he would always keep them going with the promise of a surprise at the top of the mountain, almost always their favorite candy bar. An avid card player, Ervin and Barbara were part of a group that met to travel to church suppers and then play Uno and Skip-Bo, often with his brother Carleton and his wife Leona. Ervin spoke with his daughter Gail on the phone every Saturday at 8:30 in the morning for over fifty years. He also enjoyed woodworking and would work in his shed for hours on end. Many pieces of his art hang in his family’s homes to be enjoyed for many years to come.

On July, 19, 2014, at the age of 87, Ervin married Joyce Ross, who was his loving partner in his final years. Joyce and Ervin enjoyed playing cards, sitting in the warm sunshine, and neighborhood walks.

Ervin was predeceased by his wife Barbara, and two brothers, Milton and Carleton.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; his daughter, Gail Jones and her husband Michael of North Carolina; his son, Glenn Wooster and his wife Cindy of Rockland; seven grandchildren, Janna Smith and her husband Chad of Colorado, Danica Wooster and her companion Rick of Auburn, Benjamin Jones and his wife Jasmin, Seth Jones and his wife Danielle, Jessica Carson and her husband Seth, Adam Jones and his wife Emily, Luke Jones and his wife Miranda, all of North Carolina; step-grandchildren Nathan Daniel and Amy Daniel; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on August 7, 2020 at the Achorn Cemetery in Rockland. The Reverends David English and Paul Monroe officiated.

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Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.