York, ME – Edward Joseph Dubravsky, Sr. went on to his final home on July 7, 2021 at the age of 91. He passed away peacefully at the home of his son surrounded by family.
Ed was born on June 15, 1930, in Homestead, PA. to parents who had emigrated from Slovakia. Following his graduation from Homestead High School in 1948, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving 20 years and retiring as Chief Petty Officer. He then worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 20 years, as well as running his own TV repair business. He liked to keep busy and worked various jobs such as driving for a local car rental company, bagging groceries at the base commissary and, for many years, was “EJ the DJ” for weddings and parties.
At the beginning of his naval enlistment, Ed was stationed in Kittery, ME where he met the love of his life, Eleanor “Bebe” Franklin. They were soon married and raised three sons. They were stationed in several places in the US before retiring to Kittery, ME in 1967. They lived an active life including bowling, square dancing and volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Years later, they became snowbirds, wintering in Estero, FL. After 55 years of marriage, Bebe passed away suddenly.
Ed never remarried and continued to split his time between Estero and being with his family in Kittery. He loved to dance and play cards and was very good at both. He loved his family and was a generous provider. His family will miss him dearly.
He is survived by three sons: Edward J. Dubravsky, Jr. and his wife, Dolly; Danny Dubravsky and his wife, Bridget; and Keith Dubravsky and his wife, Jackie; six beloved grandchildren: Sara, Ethan, Jared, Justin, Jessica and Aaron; seven great-grandchildren: Chloe, Isabel, Lucy Bea, Charlotte, Lorelai, Scarlette and Owen.
A memorial service will be held at the Church at Spruce Creek, 31 Wilson Road, Kittery, ME on July 19, 2021 at 11:00 followed by a graveside service at Orchard Grove Cemetery, Rogers Road, Kittery. Following the service, the family will be greeting friends and family at the church for shared memories and refreshments. Care of the Dubravsky family has been entrusted to the J S Pelkey and Son Funeral Home.