Edward Ernest's Story
Edward Ernest Visser, 87, passed away on December 21st. He was adopted by Fay Allen and Mary Anne Visser of Hutchinson, KS when he was a baby. He was proud of his adopted family. The Vissers were descendants of William Henry Harrison (9th President of the United States) and Benjamin Franklin. They were pioneers in Kansas in business. One was a circuit rider for the Methodist Church. He was a 1947 graduate of Hutchinson High School for which Milton Eisenhower was the graduation speaker. He was an Eagle Scout in the first Boy Scout troop to have 100 Eagle Scouts.
After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management, he was employed by the Chevrolet Division of GMC-Tonawanda. In 1957, he joined the Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors in Lockport, NY as Senior Process Engineer. He also graduated from the Executive Development Program, Graduate School, Business Administration, University of Michigan.
After serving in various capacities at Harrison Radiator, he was appointed General Supervisor of Production in 1978 and later served as a shift superintendent and warehouse superintendent. In 1974, he was transferred to the Buffalo plant as a manufacturing superintendent and in 1976 was promoted to Plant Manager of that facility. In 1978 he became Lockport Plant 2 Manager after which he was named General Manufacturing Manager in 1980.
Following his retirement from General Motors, he became Executive Vice President at Thermal Components in Montgomery, AL. He was responsible for securing a joint venture with a Japanese manufacturer which was praised by Governor George Wallace who was present at the ground-breaking.
Visser served 12 years on the Lockport School Board, one term as president. He served on the Lockport Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Directors of Wyndham Lawn Home, the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Intercommunity Hospital in Buffalo, and GM Plant City Committee (vice president).
He was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees. He served on the Administrative Board of the Lockport Town & Country Club. He also served as president of the Tuscarora Club. Visser was a member of the Board of Directors of Lewiston Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, a past member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Lockport Lions Club. He was a Mason, belonging to Red Jacket Lodge in Lockport.
He was married 35 years to Patricia Maher of Fredonia, the children of that marriage are Edward Allen, Amherst, NY; Anne Elizabeth Morales (Joseph) of Williamsville, NY; Mark Patrick (Karen) of Chappaqua, NY.
Seven grandchildren survive. Children of Anne, Christian J. Porth, Chappaqua, NY; Jesse D. Porth, Chappaqua, NY; Jade F. Toralti, Clarence, NY; Ian M. Morales, Williamsville, NY. Children of Mark, Luke W. Visser, John E. Visser and Madeleine P. Visser, all of Chappaqua, NY. His second marriage was to Gladys Cassidy, whom he was married to over 20 years. She passed away in 2014. He was an avid golfer playing at Lockport Town & Country Club and in Montgomery at Rolling Hills Country Club and Arrowhead Country Club, where he shot his last hole-in-one at age 80.
There will be no viewing hours. A memorial service will take place at 1 PM on Saturday, January 28th at John O. Roth Funeral Home, 25 William Street, Tonawanda, NY. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice or to the Wyndham Lawn Home, Lockport, NY.
Published on  January 13, 2017