Edgar W. Dorr ’43-1
Edgar W. Dorr, 94, passed away at his home August 8, 2015. He was a native of Maine and had a deep love of the sea. He was encouraged to seek an appointment to the Maine Maritime Acadamy where he graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science in their first graduating class (43-1). He first shipped out during WWII in 1943 as the 3rd mate on a cargo ship to North Africa that brought back 1000 German POW’s to the U.S. During the remainder of the war he served on Liberty Ships and tankers rising to the position of Chief Mate. He sailed back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean several times including the very dangerous Murmansk, Russia convoys.
He entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1950 as a Lt. J.G. in 1950. He served in many different ports and duty stations including Antarctic duty on the Ice Breaker USCGC Eastwind, the USCG Headquarters in Washington, DC, and as Captain of The Port in Jacksonville, FL. He retired in June, 1974 with the rank of Captain.
He enjoyed spending time with his family as well as hunting, fishing and playing golf.
He is preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years Alice, his four brothers and his sister.
Survivors include his wife of the past 24 years Pearl, daughters: Lillian (Clayton) Smith, Josephine (Tom) Curvel, Grandchildren: Alison Smith, Clayton Smith III, Victoria Vitori and William Manion, Great-Grandchildren: Lily-Anne, Clayton IV, and Meagan.
There will be an inurnment with full military honors at 11:00 am Friday, August 28, 2015 at Jacksonville National Cemetery and a Memorial Service at 11:00 am Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Craig Funeral Home.
Flowers are declined. Donations are encouraged to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257