Obituary: Edward (Ned) Pierson, 82, pastor and avid sailor
Edward (Ned) Pierson, a long-time Darien resident who grew up on Five Mile River Road, died of a heart attack on Sunday, April 15, in Holland, Michigan. He was 82.
Born on May 29, 1939, Mr. Pierson was the son of the late Norris and Lucy Pierson of Darien, brother of the late Lucy Ann Pierson Ramsey, and brother Peg Pierson Weeks of Darien.
Mr. Pierson had a love for sailing boats of all sizes, having spent time teaching sailing at the Norwalk Yacht Club and participating in a Bermuda race, his family said.
He served as an enemy aircraft spotter from a tower built on a Five Mile River Road hillside during World War II. He also took long bike trips with his friend and neighbor, Tom Hopps.
Mr. Pierson graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1947, and from Princeton University in 1951. He then attended Hartford Theological Seminary and earned a doctor of ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and served in Brooklyn, N.Y., Framingham, Mass., Baltimore, Md., Rocky River, Ohio, Orchard Lake, Mich., and Albion, Mich.
Mr. Pierson retired from full-time ministry in 1991, and moved to Holland, Mich., with his wife. He continued to serve as interim pastor for Michigan churches, and tutored and volunteered in Holland, his family said. He also frequently visited friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, his son George, daughter Elizabeth, two granddaughters and one great-grandson.