Camden — Ed died peacefully with his family at his side April 5, 2017, at Sussman House in Rockport. Predeceased by his Finnish immigrant parents, Axel and Hilda, and sister Helen (Desermia), he is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marjorie (Gesner); daughter Faith (Hague) and her husband, David, of Camden; son David and his wife, Caroline, of Concord, Mass.; and grandchildren Andrew and Abigail.
Born in Gardner, Mass., Nov. 23, 1926, and growing up in the midst of the Great Depression, Ed was a veteran of the Army and Air Force, where he served during World War II and was honorably discharged as a 1st lieutenant. He attended the University of Southern California as an ROTC candidate and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
He worked for GE Aviation (jet engines), American Science & Engineering (aerospace, including Space Lab and the Hubble telescope), Martin Marietta and Digital Equipment Corp. He held patent No. CA681500 A (for combustor construction).
Beginning in 1952, Ed served as a reserve officer in the Air Force until he was honorably discharged in 1962. He made close friends while living in Lynnfield and Wayland, Mass.; Denver and Monument, Colo.; Thornton, N.H.; and Camden. Passionate about skiing, he built a vacation home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Proud of his heritage, he was a member of the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston, where he always enjoyed the chance to speak Finnish. A man of endless curiosity, with a kind and gentle nature and a droll sense of humor, Ed will be remembered with love.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the First Congregational Church UCC, 55 Elm St., Camden, with the Rev. Dr. Deb Jenks officiating, where he and Marjorie are members.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. A springtime internment will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Thornton, N.H.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Shields Mission Fund, c/o First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843 or to PAWS, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.