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In 1967, Ned decided that he didn't want to work for Elizabeth Collins Stoddard any more and quit after fifteen years of service. She told him she hoped she never saw him again. Ned moved to Portland, where he got another job (36, 39). Bill Malloy took over his job (4).
When Burke Devlin returned to Collinsport a few months later and started stirring up trouble, Liz feared that he'd try to financially destroy her, so she called called Ned, but he wasn't in. She requested that he call her back as soon as he could, no matter the time of day or night (1, 36). After a bit of phone tag, the two finally got in touch the next day and Liz asked him to return to work for her. He declined, but she convinced him to think about it (37-39).
Background information and notesEdit
In Return to Collinwood it is revealed that Victoria Winters was Liz's daughter from a previous relationship. Ned is the only prior relationship Liz ever acknowledged on-screen (93), so it is quite possible that he was Vicki's biological father.