ORLAND — On Oct. 27, 2021, Edward Arthur Shute lost his battle against COVID and passed to a better place.

Edward was born on the porch of his grandparents’ home in Brooks to Bernys (Kippy) Ames Shute and Lester Shute Dec. 11, 1940. Edward came into and left this world with a gleam in his eyes, hands willing to work and an unwavering will to do things his way.

Edward was a skilled horseman, knowledgeable woodsman and keen businessman. In early years he worked in the woods for Jim Hatch, then owned and operated Shute Logging for over 45 years. Later, Ed was self-employed as a trucker, hauling inventory in and out of state and lumber from yards to mills in Maine.

Edward was a lifelong draft horseman. His passion developed within the walls of his grandfather Ames’ barn, listening to the stories and tales told by his father and his uncles, Leon Fish and Si Ellis. He quickly became involved and dedicated to horse pulling and won his first blue ribbon at age 15. A member of the Draft Horse Association, he traveled all over the state of Maine, out of state, and around Canada for bragging rights and competing for horse pulling records.

Edward’s passion of tending, exercising, competing and pulling draft horses never wavered. In 1976, Edward found himself invited to the National Horse Pulling Event at the Washington, D.C., Bicentennial Celebration. His name is documented at the Smithsonian, where it can be seen today.

Edward lived his life with independence, pride, a competitive spirit, love of the unexpected, and the understanding that life wouldn’t hand out happiness unless you worked for it. Along with unconditional love, Dad instilled in his children and grandchildren that only through hard work would you gain respect or achieve your dreams. Edward’s grandchildren are left with his love, their memories of him and the privilege to have observed the qualities that led them to respect and look up to him as a grandfather and a man.

Edward found his pleasure in his family and friends and will be forever missed. He loved his family, a good horse pull, talking about horses on the phone with his friends, clamming with Trudy, taking unexpected moments with his life friend, Carl, and spending time with his loving companion, Janice. He always looked forward to having lobster feeds, holidays with family, barbecues at his daughter’s, driving around looking at Christmas lights, going to Amish Country to watch young Belgians display their strength, watching Westerns with his friends and eating out Friday nights with his daughter and his loving life friends, the Murrays.

Edward was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Bernys (Ames) Shute, and his brothers, Paul, Elbert, Alan and Frank Shute.

Edward will be forever loved by his two daughters, family and many friends. He is survived by his daughters, Andrea Marks and husband Morgan Marks, and Paula Shute and her companion, Shawn Joyce; his grandsons, Jeremy Danforth, with companion Lindsey Hutchins, Lucas Marks and wife Sara and Mitchell Marks; his granddaughter, Laynie Danforth; great-granddaughters Gwyneth Annabelle Dotson and Emily Danforth; great-grandsons Julian and Connor Marks; and siblings Bernys Doak and husband David, Raymond Shute and wife Donna, and Harold Shute.

There will be a small service officiated by Pastor Peter Remick at the United Methodist Church in Bucksport on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m., with light refreshments following.

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