Butt Monkey: If something bad happens to a main character, there's about a ninety percent chance it will be Ned.
Cursed with Awesome: Ned can revive the dead with a touch, and has used that power to revive his dog and later his childhood sweetheart, make lots of money investigating murders, and open a thriving bakery by using old, rotted fruit in his pies (since it becomes fresh-off-the-vine as soon as he touches it)...
Blessed with Suck: ... and as a result, he can't touch the woman he loves lest she drop dead instantly, ditto his beloved pet, and if he ever eats any of his pies the fruit will wither and rot in his mouth.
Disappeared Dad: He shipped Ned off to boarding school and started a new family with another woman. The only notification that he gave of any of this to Ned was a generic "We've Moved!" postcard. He later abandoned that family, too.
Missing Mom: She had an aneurysm. Ned revived her but she later touched him again.