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Edward Jackson Best, 88, of Weston, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2012 at The Carolton in Fairfield. Ed moved to Connecticut from Garden City after graduating from Garden City High School where he excelled in lacrosse, hockey, and football. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and earned their highest rank, Eagle Scout, at 16. He worked for Perkin-Elmer in Norwalk before joining the Navy and attending Cornell University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Quill and Dagger Society, earning varsity letters in hockey and lacrosse, with All-American honors in lacrosse. After graduating from Cornell with a degree in mechanical engineering, Ed returned to Perkin-Elmer where he continued to work for 44 years until his retirement in 1985. Ed was married to Millicent "Millie" Rudd Best for 53 years, until her death in 2004. They were residents of Weston since 1953 where they raised their three children. Ed served in local government on several town boards and as a State Representative to the Connecticut General Assembly 1961-1963. While at Perkin-Elmer, Ed served on a special committee of the US International Trade Commission. An avid skier for 60 years, Ed became a Certified Alpine Race Official working on national- and international-level alpine skiing events. Ed was a charter member of the Saugatuck River Power Squadron where he taught piloting and navigation courses. He was a member of Cedar Point Yacht Club, in Westport, for over 50 years and spent many summers sailing Long Island Sound with his family. Ed was predeceased by his brother Robert Jackson Best, of Bedford, New York, in 2011. He is survived by his son Stephen Best of Black Rock, daughter Susan Greene and her husband Michael of Fairfield, son William Best and his wife Tedde of Orono, MN, grandchildren Jaime (Greene) Martin and her husband Ken, Daniel Greene, Taylor Best, Blaze Best, his sister-in-law Carol Best, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. The family thanks The Carolton for the wonderful care that Ed received from the staff during his stay. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Yankee Council, P.O. Box 32, Milford, CT 06460, www.ctyankee.org. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1pm.
Published in Connecticut Post on December 5, 2012