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Edward A. Pigut

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(Asbury Park Press)

Edward A. Pigut, of Belmar, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at his home, after a courageous nine month battle with cancer. Ed was born Nov. 16, 1945 in Jersey City. He graduated from Monmouth College with a Masters degree and taught English and History in the Neptune Junior High and High and High School for 36 years, retiring in 2007, during that time he coached freshman and varsity football and eventually became the public address announcer for football and basketball. In 2009, he was honored as "the voice of Neptune athletics". A resident of Belmar for many years, Ed was active in community theater, where he was involved in many productions throughout the Jersey Shore. He was a lifelong sports fan and had many other varied interests. Edward championed the abilities of his students and the equality of all through what may or not be called controversial by his insistence that everyone should be treated fairly and equally. His letters and comments were well-known and award winning. "I always encourage my students to fight stereotypes and become more involved citizens" to quote one of his award winning letters (printed in the APP). Edwards pedagogical philosophy of "Proper, prior, planning prevents poor performance" stands true for all.
He is predeceased by his parents, Kathryn and Anthony Pigut. He is survived by his sister, Marlene Pigut of Toms River; an aunt, Jane Quinn; and 23 dear cousins. He will be remembered by a host of friends, fellow teachers and coaches, as well as former students and players.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at Reilly Funeral Home, Belmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, Belmar. The committal will take place at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Neptune Township Scholarship Fund, would be greatly appreciated.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 20, 2010