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Edward J., age 84, of Maywood, NJ, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Born in New York City to the late Emeline Roge and James Murray, he grew up in Palisades Park, NJ, he lived in Ridgefield and Mahwah before settling in Maywood, NJ many years ago.
Beloved husband of Marjorie A. Cox. Devoted father of Susan Murray Sislowitz and her husband Matthew and Kathleen Murray. Cherished grandfather of Janet Lily Sislowitz. Brother-in-law of Elizabeth Murray. Brother of the late James Murray, and the late Dorothea "Dolly" Connors. He is also survived by a niece, many nephews and many much loved in-laws.
After attending St. Cecelia's H.S. In Englewood, NJ, where Vince Lombardi was his Science teacher and football coach, he graduated with both a B.A. And M.A. From Seton Hall University. He then worked towards a Ph.D. At Fordham, Columbia and Rutgers Universities. He found his true calling as an award-winning innovation teacher at locations which included many years at Waldwick High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to that, he taught at Northern Highlands H.S., North Bergen H.S. And Pope Pius XII H.S., Passaic, NJ. He served as Admissions Counselor and Student Advisor at The College of Insurance, N.Y.C., where he delighted in telling students that Manhattan was their campus. At Waldwick H.S., he also coached tennis and served as Yearbook Editor for 12 years.
An accomplished teacher and published author of prose and poetry, his awards and honors include the Outstanding Teacher Award from the NJ Governor's Teacher Recognition Award Program in 1992; the Authors/Writers Network Award in 1989; Outstanding Faculty Award, FDU's Edward Williams College, Saturday College in 1978. He was nominated by Waldwick H.S. For the Princeton University Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching and was also chosen be the Geraldine Dodge Grant Foundation to read his poetry. He served for ten years in the U.S. Army Nation Guard, several years as Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Palisades Park, NJ and is a member of the American Legion.
Funeral from the Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service, 439 Maywood Ave., Maywood, NJ (201-487-3050) at 9 AM on Saturday, May 24, 2104. Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace, R.C. Church, Maywood. Burial to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting Thursday 7-9 PM, Friday 3-5, 7-9 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Several Sources Shelters, Ramsey, NJ , The Salesian Missions, New Rochelle, NY or the St. Labre Indian School, Ashland , MT 59004 would be appreciated.
www.Trinkafaustini.com for online condolences and directions.
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Published in The Record on May 22, 2014