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Edward Owen Booth

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LAKEVILLE — Edward Owen Booth, 79, of St. Lucie West, Fla., passed away June 7, 2011, at Treasure Coast Hospice Residence in Fort Pierce, Fla.

He was born July 1, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y, the son of Violet (Davey) and Capt. Thomas E. Booth (Merchant Service).

As was his father, Ed was involved with the marine industry in a division of General Motors, retiring from Detroit Diesel after 30 years of service.

Ed grew up in Coconut Grove, Fla., after moving from New York in 1935. He attended Coconut Grove Elementary, Shenandoah Junior High and Miami High School. He also attended the University of Florida after returning from military service in Korea with the 45th Infantry Division.

He was a wireman in the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 45th Division Artillery. Prior to his military service, he was a sailor on Malabar XIII, a 52-foot ketch sailing out of Miami Beach in races in the Bahamas and other ports.

While with Detroit Diesel, starting as a technician, he raced with the Offshore Powerboat Association in many of their storied races, along with Fuzzy Furlong, John Raulerson, Don Aronow and Dick Bertram.

He left Florida in 1966 and worked out of Detroit Diesel headquarters in Detroit in the technical service group. This was followed by a transfer to the Chicago office as a zone service manager, then a transfer to the New York office in sales as a zone sales manager. He retired out of the New York office in 1987.

He was then living in Lakeville, where he was a member of the Republican Town Committee, the chairman of the sewer board and later owned T-K Specialties.

He was a private pilot, learning to fly at the Great Barrington Airport and soloing near his 60th birthday. Ed was secretary/treasurer of the Salisbury Rotary Club as well as newsletter editor.

In 1994 he and his wife, Irene, moved to Florida residing in St. Lucie West where they were both founding members of the PGA Country Club.

Ed was a member and past secretary/treasurer of the EAA Chapter 908, located at the Fort Pierce Airport.

Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Irene G. Booth; a daughter, Irene Joyce of Interlaken, N.J.; his sons, Thomas R. Broxson and Christopher E. Broxson, both of Marco Island, Fla.; his grandsons, John Joyce and Dustin Broxson; his granddaughters, Karen Fazio, Jennifer Parzi, Ashley Herms, Brandi Broxson and Christen Broxson; four great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.

Ed enjoyed the company of his family and many friends and also his dogs, flying, fishing and cooking.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated June 10 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in St. Lucie West.

The Martin Funeral Home in Stuart, Fla., has charge of the arrangements.