Edward "Ned" Johnson III died Wednesday at 91. (AP)
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An appreciation: Ned Johnson was a kind Nahant neighbor

NAHANT — Longtime town resident Edward C. "Ned" Johnson III was a "gentle, kind, very courteous" man whose intellectual curiosity and penchant for detail helped him revolutionize investing for the average person, fellow Nahant resident Bob Risch said on Friday. 

Risch, former General Electric government relations representative, compared Johnson, who died on Wednesday at the age of 91, to the late John F. "Jack" Welch Jr., a North Shore native who catapulted GE to global corporate status.

"They were really brilliant men who both were constantly asking questions," Risch said. 

Born in Boston at the start of the Great Depression, Johnson joined Fidelity, t…

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