Karl Russell Wedge

b. 20 May 1927
d. 28 Dec 2002


Son of Oscar and Ethel (Stanley) Wedge.


From the Mount Desert Islander, 2 Jan 2003

Karl Russell Wedge, 75, died Dec. 28 at MDI Hospital.  He was born May 20, 1927 on Cranberry Isle, the son of Oscar and Ethel (Stanley) Wedge.

Karl was a U.S. Army Veteran.  He was a lobsterman for 60 years and captain of the Sonja-Russell Fishing Vessel.  Karl enjoyed ice fishing.  He was Road Commissioner, a member of the Cranberry Isle Fire Department and a member of the Tremont Masonic Lodge where he just received his 50-year pin.

Karl is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Clara Pervear Wedge.  Two sons; Rusell K. Wedge and wife Maud and Kevin L. Wedge and wife Stacy, of Cranberry Isle.  Two daughters; Sonja W. Colby of Northeast Harbor and Karla J. and husband Elmer Reed Jr. of Sullivan.  Seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one daughter-in-law, Debbie Wedge of Cranberry Isle.  He was predeceased by one son, Keith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 2 at Fernald Funeral Chapel, Mount Desert.

Contributions in Karl's memory may be made to the Cranberry Isle Volunteer Fire Department, C/O Mike Westphal, Cranberry Isle, ME 04625.

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courtesy of Karl Wedge

Karl's lobster boat, the Sonja Russell

courtesy of Karl Wedge

Karl gets a good one

courtesy of Karl Wedge

Memorial Boat Processional
For Karl Wedge
15 June 2003

On this dull, gray Sunday, Karl's ashes were solemnly returned to Preble Cove, a picturesque inlet on the northwest shore of Great Cranberry Island were he often lobstered.  Many family members, fellow lobstermen, and friends attended, either in their own boats or on the two special Beal & Bunker boats participating in the ceremony.

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Leaving the dock

in Preble Cove

the ashes scattered

flowers follow

comforting Clara

a press of boats


family & friends

more flowers

For those who missed it, a video of the ceremony can be viewed at the Historical Society Museum.  The above stills are taken from this video.

Clara Pervear Wedge

b. ???
d. alive


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