EASTHAM - Edward Cooke Sabin died on August 7, 2017 at Paoli Hospital in Pennsylvania, just two weeks before his 90th birthday, following a decade of dealing with several types of Cancer.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Shirley (LaFort) Sabin, his son and wife Robert and Regina Sabin, his daughter Nancy Sabin Hinds, and 3 grandchildren, Patricia and Michael Sabin, & Michaela Sabin Hinds. He was preceded in death by his younger son, Philip Sabin, who died at age 5.

Ed was born in Sunderland, MA, and lived in South Deerfield and Westfield, MA. After graduating Westfield High School in 1945, he served 3 years in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning from the Navy, the favorite job of his life was at the 6th store of Friendly Ice Cream in Springfield, MA. In 1954, he graduated Northeastern University in Boston, MA, as a Chemical Engineer. He worked in Buffalo, NY, for 6 years, and Hartford, CT for 36 years in the industrial insurance industry, retiring in 1990 as Assistant Vice President at Industrial Risk Insurers (IRI).

As 30-year residents of Bloomfield, CT, where they raised their family, Ed and his wife, Shirley, were active volunteers. Ed worked with the Boy Scouts, youth swim teams, and teen square dancing. After 25 years of camping in North Truro (Cape Cod), MA, they built a house and retired to Eastham, MA, in 1991. They became full-time volunteers for the Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham Windmill Weekend, Habitat for Humanity, The Eastham Historical Society, and the Nauset Light Preservation Society. They were very involved in researching and creating tours for the historical Penniman House, and interviewed/befriended the last living granddaughter, Irma Penniman. They also gave tours at the Nauset Lighthouse, the Three Sisters lighthouses, and the Schoolhouse Museum. Ed loved volunteering weekly at the information desk at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. He was the Eastham representative on the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission for many years.

He loved gardening, cooking, the Red Sox, the color blue, Mexican food, reading, and listening to Classical music. He had a great sense of humor, a gentle manner, and deeply loved his family.