PORTLAND — On Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, Ethan Hayes Babb lost his hard-fought battle with depression and addiction. Many people who knew him might be shocked to know that he lived with these diseases every day of his adult life. They saw simply a beautiful soul, instantly trusted and inevitably adored.

Ethan was born Aug. 9, 1977, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and grew up in Searsport making art with his mom, building lobster traps with his dad and exploring the brook behind his parents’ house, his favorite place on earth.

After graduating from Western Culinary in Portland, Ore., he worked as a chef at the Oregon Zoo’s award-winning Event Center. But he soon came home to the Maine Portland, where he cooked many more meals and brewed countless barrels of beer.

Ethan lived a simple life, but he wasn’t simplistic; he was uncomplicated yet complex — a snarky punk-rock curmudgeon on the outside and a sweet, sensitive softy on the inside. He was raised in a house filled with cats and a white German shepherd, and there wasn’t an animal he didn’t love. He was a brilliant culinary artist and an insufferable music snob who loved vinyl records and disdained all things mainstream — except video games. He was a bottomless vault of random knowledge, and could say in six acerbic words more than most people say in 600, and say it better. He was the funniest person everyone knew.

In December 2010, Ethan met Lora, two strangers in a crowd bonding over their mutual hatred of unimportant things. On paper they were complete opposites, yet they were the perfect match. He cooked chicken wings and French fries for Lora every Friday night, and every Saturday they walked them off throughout their favorite parts of Portland — the proms, the beaches, the city streets, their neighborhood. In their 11-plus years together they laughed often, ate well, spoke their own private language and helped each other become the best versions of themselves. They were the couple others aspired to be, they were each other’s everything.

Ethan leaves behind his parents, James and Linda Babb, of Searsport; his mother-in-law, Susie Winslow; Aunt Holly Montone; Uncle Walter Babb; siblings-in-law Jennifer and Maxwell Foell, Tyler and Adam Bedwell; and countless other relatives, friends and loved ones. And, of course, the love of his life, Lora Elizabeth Babb.

In September, Ethan’s favorite month, his close friends and family will gather in Searsport for a celebration of his life. Meanwhile, please consider a donation to your favorite animal shelter in his memory.

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