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Theodore V. Enslin (1925-2011)

MILBRIDGE - Theodore V. Enslin, 86, died at his home on Nov. 21, 2011.

He was born March 25, 1925, in Chester, Penn., which he left at an early age. After living many years on Cape Cod, Mass., he moved to Temple, Maine, in the mid-1960s. His last move was to Milbridge in 1978.

Music and poetry were the center of Ted's life and he traveled throughout the United States teaching and reading his own poetry to appreciative audiences.

He is survived by his wife, Alison of Milbridge; son, Jonathan and wife Bonnie, of Massuchusetts; daughter Deidre, also of Massachusetts; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his sister, Priscilla Marsh of Buffalo, N.Y.

He was predeceased by a son, Jacob.

Anyone who knew Ted will be familiar with his desire to have the last word -- so here it is:

"In lieu of a memorial service or other observances, I would prefer that concerned friends in thinking of me might listen to or perform, the Brahms Intermezzo, Opus 118 #2, whenever it might occur to them as appropriate. To me, that one short piece sums up what I might have hoped to achieve in a life in art."

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  1. <strong In Memory of Ted

    Next to love
    honor is the best
    reward for being alive.

  2. Some poetry by Ted Enslin, including a photograph. is on

  3. I remember Ted Enslin from Temple and always enjoyed talking to him or reading his poetry. He was a very knowledgeable man and very intelliengt. Sorry to learn of his passing but he lived a good full life the way he wanted life to be. My condolences to his family and friends. God Bless and rest in peace Ted. My children and I have many fond memories of Ted when he came to visit us at our home in Temple.

  4. Yes, the Brahms Intermezzo, Opus 118 #2

    Thank you, Ted, for your voice. Many of us can still hear it. In different ways, your voice changed us.

  5. Ted was probably the original Temple writer's pioneer, leading the way for
    Mitch Goodman, Denise Levertov and George Dennison and at least partially
    responsible for their relocation to this area. He'll be missed.

    Paul Mills

  6. previously, I sent the wrong link... her is link to a cpl of (more) photos of Ted (on Pierre Joris' site) taken 8/9/200

    her is the correct link: