Edward Raymond Leaird III, 78, of Salem, CT, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2019 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. Born on January 23,1941 in New London, he was the son of the late Edward and Helen (Zahacefski) Leaird. Ed (also known as “Bubby” to many) was raised in Old Saybrook and lived there for most of his life before moving to Salem in his later years.He was a fisherman and lobsterman for many years and went on to become the owner and operator of Saybrook Fish and Lobster in Old Saybrook. After closing his market he worked on Charter Fishing boats sharing his love of fishing and the ocean. He was an avid gardener who loved growing vegetables and sharing them with everyone he knew while also maintaining the numerous flower beds around his home. You could always find him out working in the yard. Feeding and watching the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks brought him the greatest joy every day. Besides his beloved cat Tanner, Ed loved country music, watching the UCONN Girls basketball games and NASCAR. Ed is survived by his daughter Christina M. Leaird and her husband Timothy J. Poole; grandchildren, Alexandria C. Brake and Tanetia N. Wilson; a great grandson, Xavier R. Wilson; best friend Misty Shores and her family Trish, Brooklyn, and Christian; sisters Martha “Marti” Bourjaily and Joanne Baldwin; and numerous extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jean M. Leaird and son, Edward R. Leaird IV; sisters Patricia Ziobron and Laura “Snookie” Hill; and former spouse Mary Alexander Leaird. The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester have been entrusted with the care of funeral arrangements. Funeral services will be held at a later date to be announced.