Obituary: Edward Phillip Newell – Portland Press Herald

Edward Phillip Newell

WELLS — Edward Phillip Newell, 74, a longtime resident of Kennebunk, died Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Phil was born on September 21, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts to Dr. Edward and Geneva Brown Newell born. He attended Berwick Academy, Wagner College and the University of Maine.

He began his career at The Shawmut Inn in Kennebunkport for a number of years before entering the real estate industry. He was the real estate agent responsible in later years for the sale of The Shawmut Inn to owners Richard T. Hennessey and Raymond Mailhot. Phil began working for Robert Marier before founding Reagan, Smith and Newell, then Smith and Newell, which was later purchased by Prudential Prime Properties.

In the early 1990’s Phil founded the wine brokerage MM Newtin with his friend Ralph Austin. Through his friendships with Peter Emery, Stephen Cross and Paul D. Carr, MM Newtin acquired the rights to sell many wine labels in Maine.

During his long career in real estate and wine, Phil has made many friends in various business groups. He was a member of Arundel Masonic Lodge #76 in Kennebunkport for 50 years and loved to play golf with Dick Ackley and his buddies. A keen cyclist, he rode many miles with John Walker most days.

Phil was previously married to Joyce Lawrence and later in 2002 to Carol Chaisson, his beloved wife. She was his caregiver as he struggled with dementia and Parkinson’s disease in his final years.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol; his sister Jeanne; niece Ashley; Cousin, Terel; and Carol’s family.

Last year Phil made his home at Avita in Wells where he made the girls laugh and received loving care. We would like to thank Avita and Beacon Hospice for the excellent care he received on his recent trip.

A celebration of Phillip’s life will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 2pm to 4pm at the Rhumb Line Motor Lodge, 41 Turbats Creek Rd., Kennebunkport

He was always the person people made fun of. He lit up the room with his wit and humor. This is how Phil should be remembered.

To leave a message of condolence, please visit Phil’s Book of Memories page at

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk.

When Phil spent some of his happiest times spotting wildlife along the river at his Kennebunk home,

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the

Kennebunk Land Trust,

6 Brown St #2,

Kennebunk, ME 04043,

or the

Alzheimer’s Association Of America,

322 8th Avenue, 16th floor,

New York, New York 10001.

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