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Ed Bezanson

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Old 08-09-2018, 08:05:07 PM
Tractor Pete Tractor Pete is offline
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Thank you all for your kind words. Posted below is Dad's full length obituary that will appear on legacy.com online in a few days.

Peter Bezanson

Edwin C. Bezanson, age 76 of Waterford, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 6, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ellen Williams Bezanson. Born in New London on February 26, 1942, he was the son of the late Arthur and Laura Edwards Bezanson. He was recently predeceased by his brother, Alvin Bezanson, also of Waterford.

A proud member of the first graduating class of Waterford High School in 1960, Ed later obtained his teaching degree while attending Mitchell College, where he met his wife, Ellen. Prior to attending Mitchell, his selfless service to the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion ("Seabees") laid the foundation for his obsession with history. After leaving the service, he continued his education at the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. Also notable, is Ed's early employment at Comeries Landscaping in Mystic which fueled his lifelong passion for working with the earth, operating equipment and his unique talent for building stone walls. After two years teaching at New London High School, he spent 27 years at Fitch Senior High School in Groton, where he taught both auto mechanics and industrial arts until his retirement in 1997.

He was a voracious reader of historical novels and had a devotion for writing and sharing his knowledge with others. For 29 years, Ed wrote a quarterly, featured column for Antique Power magazine called, The Yankee’s Attic; which discussed unique tractor photos from his vast ephemera collection. His love and knowledge lead to the publication of his first book entitled "Fordson Accessory Guide." He was in the process of a second compendium at the time of his passing.

Another significant life event occurred in 1982, after overcoming a serious health struggle, when Ed was given an old tractor from a friend. From this introduction, Ed established his business Connecticut Yankee Tractor, where he was the sole designer and producer of custom tractor t-shirts that he sold worldwide. This business took him throughout the country in his camper where he attended tractor and equipment shows with his family who shared his growing enthusiasm for antique equipment. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Quinebaug Valley Engineers and a driving force behind the acquisition and development of Zagray Farm Museum in Colchester, CT.

Ed was a driven but selfless man, who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He was a world traveler who had a love of life and his belief that, “time is the only scarce commodity, and one should use it wisely,” speaks to his legacy. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his beloved wife and best friend Ellen of 48 years, other survivors include his loving sons, Peter Bezanson and his wife Elizabeth of Baltic; Marc Bezanson and his wife Melissa of Salem; and four cherished grandchildren, Brendan, Natalie, Patrick and Myles.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at the Zagray Farm, 544 Amston Rd., Colchester on Saturday, August 18, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care of Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or the Zagray Farm, c/o 180 S. Plumb Road, Middletown, CT 06457.
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:26:40 PM
B.C. Cushing B.C. Cushing is offline
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Ed was super, in the dead of winter a couple years ago a shirt with a crawler was mailed to me with a nice note - it was from Ed. He apparently liked some post on this site that I did, he just sent it out of the blue. My son, Ezra, told Ed he wanted a Jim Erdle sweat shirt after he saw one in Canadaigua, the LIMITED edition one, said he'd not make more, but some time later one comes to him in the mail, he still wears this shirt, albeit it is getting too small for him. His laugh and insight will sure be missed. He liked being a ball buster. His modesty was evident that, until the last few years, he never had his name on the column in AP, just wanted to put the pictures in print and the column for all of us to enjoy. I think that was the most read part of the magazine, I (like many others) always read this first. He was proud of his family and the boys are a great testament to him. Having known him through this hobby, like so many we all meet, is a big part of our love of this hobby.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:22:15 PM
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Even the limited interaction from his column in AP and the posts on Smokstak was enough to convince me what a good soul he was. I enjoyed his posts immensely. Godspeed indeed, good sir, and my condolences to his family for their loss.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:23:59 AM
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He really liked crawlers. RIP Ed.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:35:10 PM
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He will be missed, I really enjoyed his posts.
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