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'The Goat Man' Passes Away

Ed Linn was a fixture around town and at the Berlin Fair.

Ed Linn, "The Goat Man" has pased away at the age of 94.

Linn was well-known around town for his work with animals, his community service and his service to the United Sates as a decorated member of the U.S. Navy.

He was a fixture at the Berlin Fair.

Fair President Diane Dornfried Jacobsen tells the story of how Linn became a Lion.

"Ed Linn came to the fair many, many years and at some point he was offered the title of 'Honorary Lion,' she said. "Ed did not want to be an honorary Lion, he wanted to be a full-fledged active Lion. So that is exactly what he did. He joined the club and participated as an active Lion until his health would no longer allow him to continue. Even though he came to the Lions Club at a later age, he gave of himself and proved to be a very good Lion."

Another Lion, Lisa Cote, remembered Linn.

"I have known Ed Linn since I was a little girl," she said. "My grandfather would take me to his house and I would help him feed his goats. When the Berlin Fair came around, I always made sure we went to see him and his goats. He will be missed. May he rest in peace."

Lion Marilyn Asal said, "I remember Ed at the Berlin Fair in the sheep barn feeding a baby goat with a bottle. My boys were young and enthralled with him and his stories of his goats. What a nice man he was."

Courtesy of Legacy.com.

Edward A. Linn, 94, of Kensington, passed away peacefully October 4, 2011. Born in New Britain, on June 9, 1917, he was son of the late Edward and Mollie (Josephson) Linn. Ed served in the US Navy during WW II on the USS Clark, a destroyer. He attended Henry Ford's Naval Training School in Dearborn, Michigan. He was employed at Corbin & Russwin, later Emhart Corporation where we was a tool maker and supervisor. After taking an early retirement in 1972, Ed started his own goat dairy and farm. His goat's milk was used to nurse many local children. He was known for bringing his goat's to local fairs, nursing homes and vacation bible schools. He also raised chickens, ducks and practiced bee keeping. Ed enjoyed using his greenhouse and large garden and loved providing family and friends with vegetables. He had a love of Golden Retrievers, raising four generations of "Cindy & Sandy". Ed was known around town for his red van, often accompanied by his dogs or a goat or two. Ed was a dedicated life long member of the First Lutheran Church of the Reformation in New Britain. He was very proud of his ha radio license which he received at age 80. He enjoyed using his computer to keep in touch with friends as far away as Japan. He was a member of Berlin VFW Post 10732, where he will be remembered for his jokes and stories, as well as playing Santa Clause every year. He was also a member of the Berlin Lions Club and the Kensington American Legion Post. Surviving his devoted niece Lori Miller, her husband Matt and their children, Megan and Matthew of Kensington. Also, his niece Susan Tyler and her husband Jon of Burlington. Ed was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Linn.
Per Ed's wishes, there are no calling hours and burial will be private. A public celebration of Ed's life will be held Thursday 2:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 77 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051. A reception will follow. Donations may be made in Ed's memory to First Lutheran Church. Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain is in charge of arrangements. www.carlsonfuneralhome.com

Glenn Glatz October 07, 2011 at 01:02 AM
You were the best Ed. I enjoyed sweeping the sheep barn with you.
Amy Kurnik October 13, 2011 at 02:30 PM
What a kind sweet man. I will miss seeing him ALL over town, at the fair and in the Memorial Day Parade...God Bless.

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