EDWARD I. METZ, SR. AGE: 74 FORMERLY OF MONTVILLE Edward I. Metz, Sr. died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, PA after a long illness. The musical patriarch of the Metz family was 74. Born in Bath, Pa he was the eldest of the three boys born to Irvin and Marie Metz. He attended Central Catholic High School in Allentown where he met his bride of 52 years, Johanna "Joey" Kulowitch of Allentown, PA. He attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, graduating in 1957, then marrying Joey. As a successful business man, Ed's work career took he and his family to Warminster, PA, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Montville, NJ in 1976 where they remained active residents in Montville's Lake Valhalla Community for 30 years until moving to Buck Hill Falls, Pa. in 2005, where they had spent their summers. Their winters were spent in Hutchinson Island, Fl. Ed served as leader and arranger for the Bob Crosby Bobcats from 1991 until his death. His proud sons Ed, Jr. (drums) and Tim (bass) played regularly with the Bobcats. Ed's piano playing can be heard on over 20 albums. His deep and truest passion came in the form of writing and arranging. In all, Ed penned an astounding 500 songs. Ed's musical legacy will be carried on by his loving wife, Joey; his two brothers, John of Pocono Manor, Pa. and Thomas of Philadelphia, Pa; his three talented sons, Edward, Jr. of Altamonte Springs, Fl. Timothy of Boonton, NJ and Michael of Montville, NJ, their wives, and his seven gifted grandchildren. There will be no hours of visitation. The family will have a Memorial Mass at St. Pius X in Montville, NJ on September 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm. Memorial Contributions in Ed's memory may be made to the
, Northern NJ Office, Center Pointe II, Suite 103, 1160 Route 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Arrangements are by Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Avenue, Boonton, NJ.
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Published in Daily Record on Sept. 3, 2009