Dr. Edward A. "Eddie" Shakin
AGE: 92 • Barnegat
Dr. Edward A. "Eddie" Shakin, 92, of Barnegat, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Eddie was born in 1920 in New York City, several years after his parents fled the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. His youth was spent in New York. Like many of the greatest generation, he came of age during World War II
, in which he served in the U.S. Army
as a radar operator with distinction, achieving the rank of Sergeant. After the war, he met and married Sylvia, and they have been together for 66 years. He attended the Chicago College of Optometry, and practiced as an Optometrist in Westwood, NJ until he was 72 years old. He worked six days a week, only allowing extra time off to attend to his family. He was a devoted son to Ethel and William Shakin, and a devoted son-in-law to Lillian Gordman. He was a peaceful man of dignity and honor, for whom his family meant everything. Eddie's family was always most important to him, far more important than simple material goods. Even when critically ill, his biggest concern was Sylvia. People he did not know were simply friends he had not yet had the chance to meet.
In addition to Sylvia, he is survived by his sister, Janet Cohen; his children, Paul and Gail; and his grandchildren, Hannah and Benjamin. He was always supportive and took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
, the Kiwanis Club, the Knights of Pythias, the Jewish War Veterans
, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His life was a model of a life well lived and he will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
A beautiful ceremony was conducted with full military honors on Dec. 27, 2012 for Eddie. He was interred at the BG William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ under a marker stating "In Loving Memory".