Edward M. Holmes, 99, died July 23, 2010, at Tall Pines in Belfast.

Ted was born Sept. 27, 1910, in Montclair, N. J. He moved to Maine with his wife, Jane M. Holmes, in 1939. They lived for several years on Gotts Island, near Bass Harbor. They also lived in other coastal towns, including Winter Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Bernard. Inland they lived in Princeton, Ellsworth Falls, Ellsworth, New Vineyard, Old Town and Winterport.

Since 2003 Ted had lived in Prospect with his daughter and her partner. He recently moved to Tall Pines Assisted Living in Belfast, where he felt cared for and comfortable.

Over the years Ted worked on a floating theatre in New York, in the shipyards in Maine during World War II, organizing lobster fishermen’s cooperatives in coastal towns and on the islands, digging clams, trucking lobsters and working as first mate on cruise schooners out of Camden. He taught high school in Princeton and in Ellsworth. Many students recall him with affection.

Ted graduated from Dartmouth College and later received master’s degrees from the University of Maine in Orono and from Brown University, where he later earned his doctorate as well.

Ted began college teaching in 1954 at Farmington State Teacher’s College, now the University of Maine in Farmington. He came to the University of Maine in Orono in 1956, where he taught English and then honors courses well into his 80s.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Ted was active in supporting civil rights and then protesting the war in Vietnam. He acted as the faculty adviser for the Students for a Democratic Society. Ted is remembered vividly by many students at UMO, for his teaching and also for his omnipresent white standard poodle, Jolie.

Ted was an excellent teacher. Into his 90s he still received letters and phone calls of appreciation from students who wanted to thank him and share what they were reading. After his retirement he volunteered for years in the Smith School library in Winterport.

Ted may be best known as a writer of short stories and essays about the Maine coast and its people. He was a careful listener and tried to write the truth, without adornment. He was an influence on many younger writers, teaching such writers as Stephen King and Sandy Phippen.

His books include “Mostly Maine,” “A Part of the Main” and “Driftwood.” He published one novel, “Two If By Sea.” He also wrote a column for Downeast Magazine for a number of years. He was published in various periodicals, including Yankee and Echoes. One of Ted’s stories, “Drums Again,” was chosen for publication in The Best American Short Stories of 1972.

Ted loved to fly kites, to sail, to explore the Maine coast, to read and read and read some more, to quote poetry and prose, and to write. He loved to tell stories about his life, and many of his neighbors in Winterport recall his Saturday evening “soirées,” where he would stand in front of the fireplace and tell stories.

Ted was predeceased by his wife, Jane, in 1983.

He is survived by three daughters, Caroline S. Marsh and her husband, Lawrence E. Marsh, of Solon, Iowa, Virginia Holmes and her partner, Shirley A. Glubka, of Prospect and Constance J. McCarthy and her husband,, Daniel C. McCarthy, of Belfast; four grandchildren Anna L. McMaken-Marsh and her partner, Kimberly A. McMaken-Marsh, of Arlington, Mass., Lucy Marsh of Putney, Vt., Jacob E. McCarthy and his wife, Anna K. Fiedler, of Lansing, Mich., and Robin C. McCarthy of Belfast; and two great-grandchildren, Sylvie Jane and Willa Jean McMaken-Marsh.

There will be a memorial gathering at Union Meeting House in Winterport at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

The family requests no flowers, but donations may be sent to the Westside Food Pantry, PO Box 767, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679, or Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham, ME 04086.