In Memoriam – Daniel Edwards Slocum
Daniel Edwards Slocum of Belfast and Camden died Feb. 25, 2012 in
Belfast. He was born April 3, 1925 in Rochester, N.Y.
Dan spent his high school years at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and
served in World War II as a merchant mariner. Upon his return from the
war, he attended Yale University, graduating in 1950 with a major in
He entered a department store training program at Abraham & Straus and
then attended Harvard Business School before becoming a part of the
family business, E.W. Edwards & Son. In 1963, Dan bought a women’s
clothing store Carousel, in Pittsford, N.Y. Upon selling his business, he
moved to Maine with his family, and with his wife Ann, opened Starbird, a
gift shop and antique store in downtown Camden that they operated for a
number of years.
While the family was living in New York, Dan and his wife and their two
children, Cary and Martha, enjoyed many weekends at their ski house in
upstate New York. Dan, an expert skier, also traveled to Europe and to the
Canadian Rockies, where helicopter-skied the Bugaboos.
Dan was also an avid tennis player and golfer, scoring a hole-in-one. In
New York he was a member of the Rochester Country Club and in Maine he
belonged to the Megunticook Golf Club.
Dan loved the outdoors, and a highlight of his retirement years was the
canoe trips in northern Maine, the Yukon, and in Belize that he took with
the Maine Guide Mike Patterson of Belfast.
He painted watercolors for 25 years, inspired by the Maine landscape.
He is survived by his two sisters, Molly Harris and Carol Siebert, and their
spouses of Vero, Fla. and Pittsford, NY; by his former wife, Ann Slocum, of
Topsham; by his two daughters, Cary Slocum and her husband Glenn
Montgomery of Belfast, and Martha Slocum of Cambridge, Mass.; and by
two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Dyer, and by a granddaughter,