Edward T. Briske

Edward T. Briske of Mont Vernon, N.H, died Feb. 5, 2015, in Manchester. He was born in Mineola, N.Y., May 22, 1928, to Stanley Briske (Bialobriziski) and Camilla (Dobkowski).

In 1945, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy. At the conclusion of the war, he was discharged, on reserve status and came home. In the ensuing years he became an automobile repairman and auto painter. Edward joined the Albertson N.Y. Volunteer Fire Department, actively participating on-call at a moment’s notice. He was also part of the Albertson “Slo-Pokes” Drill Team competitions.  In 1951 he was notified that his reserve status was had been activated during the Korean Conflict. After his second discharge the couple settled in Brentwood, N.Y.

In 1965 Edward found employment with Travelers Ins. Co., as an Auto Damage Appraiser, where he spent 28 years attaining the title of Supervisor. During that time Edward and Judith purchased a house scheduled for demolition in Nashua and moved it to Mont Vernon, restoring and renovating it. After his retirement he established his own Auto Appraisal Service, which provided much enjoyment and satisfaction.  He also spent many hours helping his son, Jess, with his machining business. 

His favorite hobby was tending to his garden and landscape.  He could always be counted on and it had been said … “Eddie Briske can fix anything.”

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Judith Power-Briske; three children, Diane Aronsen, her spouse, Michael, Sheila Cushing, Jess Briske, his spouse, Sheryl (Catanzano); four grandchildren, Joanna Quigley, her spouse, Ross, Stephen Aronsen, his spouse, Katie (Mahoney), Eric Aronsen; and Corbin Briske. He also leaves a great-granddaughter, Bryn Quigley, who provided him with utmost joy. He is also survived by his brother, Chester, and family who reside in Fla. 

Calling hours were 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, N.H. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Patrick’s Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford. Burial will be in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, N.H. In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, N.H. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.