David W. Ehrenfried, 1929 - 2014

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   David W. Ehrenfried, of 4 McArthur Ave., Lewiston, died on Thursday, May 8, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

   He was born in Lewiston on July 21, 1929, the son of Jacob B. and Mildred Dawber Ehrenfried. He attended Lewiston public schools and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1947. 

    David graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1951 and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war.

    In 1956, he began a long career in journalism at the Lewiston Sun-Journal, starting as a reporter and later as news editor of The Lewiston Daily Sun where he had overall supervision of the morning newspaper.

    He was assistant executive editor of the combined Sun-Journal and Sunday newspapers and also served as the newspapers’ ombudsman, or reader representative.  He also served in other editorial capacities from time to time, including editorial writer, editorial page editor and city editor.

    David received a first place award for editorial writing from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. He was active in that organization as well as an officer of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, serving a term as president.

     He also was active in the Maine Press Association and was instrumental in founding and overseeing the Freedom of Information essay contest open to Maine eighth grade students.

After retiring from the Lewiston Sun Journal, David substitute taught in the Lewiston Public School system and spent many days in the Special Education rooms at McMahon School where he enjoyed spending time with the children.  

     On Feb. 19, 1966, he married the former Evelyn Cyr, and they had a daughter Sally who resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

     David attended St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Auburn. He previously served on the vestry and as junior and senior warden at St. Michael’s.  He also had been an active member of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs in Lewiston-Auburn.

    David held a great fondness for the game of golf, belonging at one time or another to Fairlawn, Poland Spring, Martindale, Augusta and Springbrook golf clubs. He also was a member of the Maine Seniors Golf Association. He enjoyed golf trips with Evelyn and Sally to courses in New England, Canada, Hawaii, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He and Evelyn spent two weeks playing golf in Scotland and Ireland. David also enjoyed skiing and had been a ski instructor at Lost Valley and Evergreen Valley ski areas.


Besides his wonderful wife and companion of more than 48 years and his daughter Sally (Chris), he is also survived by one brother, Albert of Acton, Mass.,; and nieces, Heidi P. Ehrenfried of Acton, MA and Beatriz Ehrenfried of San Jose, CA; nephews James R. Ehrenfried and his wife, Marie, of Boxborough, MA, David F. Ehrenfried of San Jose, CA and Stephen A. Ehrenfried of San Carlos, CA; great niece Alyssa Ehrenfried of Acton, MA; great nephews Shamus and Samuel Ehrenfried of Boxborough, MA; and Ian Ehrenfried of San Jose, CA.


The family would like to thank special friends and neighbors, Polly and Gerry Gardner for their love and support; the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church family for their love and support; Dr. David Caldwell, his staff, the Infusion Center nurses, and M1 staff for their care and support; and Dave Noonan, R.N. of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for his compassion and care.  


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 78 Pleasant Street, Auburn, Me 04210.   The family will receive visitors on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. 

© Gerald Burpee 2016