WESTFORD, MASS. - Edward R. Minott, 61, of Westford, MA died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.
He was married to his beloved wife, Susan (Ewing) Minott, with whom he celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on July 23, 2014. Born in Dover-Foxcroft and raised in Ellsworth, he was the son of Dorothy Dunham Minott and the late Charles Henry Minott of Ellsworth.
He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1970. There he served as class president and the band leader of Country Ed & the Fostix. His knack for design and strong interest in technology led him to Northeastern University in Boston, MA where he graduated in 1975 with an Electrical Engineering degree. Ed spent his early career as an engineer at a sound systems company, Erving Paper, and on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico with Schlumberger. He spent the rest of his career as a software engineer at several companies including Foxboro Company, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems and most recently at Philips Healthcare. Through these positions, Ed created speaker systems, heart monitoring software, and most importantly to Ed, strong friendships with coworkers both here and abroad. Ed was an active member of every community he lived in. He was Treasurer at Kingswood Montessori School in Foxboro, MA where his daughters attended school. He coached many of his daughters' sports teams including softball and basketball in Westford. He was a former member of the Nashoba Valley Camera Club with his wife and a Trail Steward for the Westford Conservation Trust. Ed loved nature and was outdoors as much as possible. He enjoyed hiking with friends and family in the White Mountains and Mt. Katahdin and kayaking off the coast of Maine. He was an avid gardener and rabbit chaser and loved building wooden models, including replicas of his family's homes as well as boats. He was an amateur photographer and also a HAM radio operator.
Ed's pride and joy was his family and friends - he loved spending time with them. He will forever be remembered as a kind, loving, and generous man. Ed drew his strength from his beloved wife, Susan. They were inseparable. He was an incredible husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend and will be eternally missed.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his mother, Dorothy of Ellsworth; two daughters, Jenny Lynn of New York, NY and Laura Danielle and her husband, Michael Quigley of Charlestown, MA; a brother, Robert Minott of Ellsworth; a sister, Jane Nesbitt, her husband, Samuel Nesbitt, and their sons, Ethan and John of Stow; his mother-in-law, Maxine Ewing of Winchester, MA, as well as many dear brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Charles H. Minott of Ellsworth, and his father-in-law, Walter J. Ewing of Winchester, MA.
A memorial to celebrate Ed's life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30th at the Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church St., Winchester, MA 01890. A reception will follow. Ed and his family have asked that gifts in lieu of flowers be directed to the Neuro-Oncology Research efforts of Dr. David Reardon at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Gifts can be made out to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memo line to read: Dr. Reardon's Research Fund, Address: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Susan Korsmeyer, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. If you would like to make a gift using a credit card please call Susan Korsmeyer at 617.582.8393. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com