EAST MILLINOCKET – Horace Edwin “Ed” Nisbett, 64, passed away Dec. 25, 2012, after a brief illness at a Bangor hospital. Ed was born Sept. 2, 1948, in East Millinocket, son of Horace Edwin and Hazel Ella (Ellis) Nisbett. When he was born, he was rushed to a Bangor hospital to have a complete blood transfusion and many East Millinocket residents made the “long” trip to Bangor to donate blood for him.
Edwin graduated from Schenck High School with his nephews, Bobby Nisbett and Jim Nisbett, in 1967. Back then he spent much of his free time doing many of the same things he enjoyed as an adult. He enjoyed snowmobiling, delving into information technology computers and other gadgets, and hunting and fishing. In high school his fellow classmates predicted he would embark on a career in electrical technology, which, to some extent was a true prediction. After high school, Edwin worked at Great Northern Paper Co. as a machinist and worked alongside his brothers, Maurice, Bob and Donnie. Edwin eventually was trained and promoted to work as mechanical vibration analysis technician and to work with an international bearing company, SKF Bearings, at the mill. This transition was part of the mills move to a multi-craft training program. He became one of the best skilled and knowledgeable in the industry, spearheading the development of the MVA program for the entire mill, which featured state of the art equipment in partnership with the manufacturer. He was a pioneer in this field and the mill and SKF Bearings valued his involvement to establish this new technology in the industry. He worked tirelessly at his job spending many hours reviewing his monitoring activities in order to make an accurate diagnosis of his findings that would eventually lead to the repair of the equipment that was in danger of imminent failure. Ed enjoyed many outdoor activities during his life, including boating, fishing, hunting and target practicing. As a result of his outdoor activities, he started two small businesses at his house while working full-time at the paper mill in the maintenance department in East Millinocket. One business was a boat and outboard engine sales and service shop and the other was a firearms and ammo shop.
Edwin is survived by his brother, Donald and wife, Rita, of East Millinocket; and two sisters; Barbara Nisbett of Lincoln and Helen Federico of East Millinocket. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces; and ex-wife, Susan (Gagnon) Larlee. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his older brothers, Robert and Maurice Nisbett; and sister, Annie Nisbett.
Friends may visit with the family noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Lamson Funeral Home, 17 Western Ave., East Millinocket, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. with Deacon Danny Watson officiating. Gifts in memory of Ed may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.