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Edward "Ed" Chambers

Date of Death: August 6, 2021

Date of Birth: September 28, 1933


Brunswick - Edward "Ed" Chambers, formerly of Acton, MA, died on August 6, 2021, peacefully at Gosnell Hospice in Scarborough, ME from pneumonia and spinal trauma following a fall.

Ed was born September 28,1933 in Arnold, PA, son of Buford an accountant and Elva (Trautman) Chambers, a homemaker.  A graduate of New Kensington High School, he obtained a BS degree from Trine University (formerly Tri-state), Angola, IN in aeronautical engineering.  After a brief time at North American, he had over three decades long, highly successful career with Raytheon Missile Systems Division, Bedford, MA in research and development.

In addition to his professional work, he was very committed to the town of Acton-was elected to the Planning Board as it was managing the communities' rapid growth and ending the 3-year battle to pass flood plain zoning.  The Acton-Boxboro Rotary Club recognized his major contributions with their annual civic award for those under 40.  He continued his efforts on the town's Conservation Committee and as a member of the Acton Conservation Trust.

Ed and family spent 25 years restoring the 1731 Ephraim Billings home, an 11- acre farm which was a labor of love and learning for all-while raising steers, pigs and lambs as well as vegetables and flowers.

Upon retirement to Indianapolis, where he joined his wife Bianca, he turned his avocation--love of wine, into a wine and gourmet food store, Tarkington's. It expanded after a few years with the addition of a French style café and charcuterie, critically acclaimed by local media and his many wine class students.

Ed loved Maine enjoyed many vacations especially on Middle Bay where kept his boat but also camping/fishing at Moosehead Lake and Grand Lake Stream. Cross-country skiing at Pleasant Mountain and Sunday River and staying at the many lovely B&B's in Maine. In retirement he really enjoyed participating in the stimulating, interactive course work offered by Midcoast Senior College. He found exploring new content areas with knowledgeable instructors very fulfilling.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bianca (Montafia), sons Mark and Brian, granddaughter Sarah, sister Donna Meyer, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by son Kurt due to an occupational accident, sisters Betty and Elva, and first wife Virginia Cole,

A celebration of life will be planned.

In lieu of flowers

Memorial donations in his name may be sent to

The Nature Conservancy

4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100

Arlington, VA 22203


Midcoast Senior College

29 Burbank Ave.

Brunswick, ME 04011


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