Edward B., of Pompton Plains, formerly of Englewood, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2014 at the age of 93.
Loving father of Binnie and husband Martin of Tampa, FL, and Bill and wife Toni of Waldwick. Proud grandfather of Eric Thom and Nick Thom of Waldwick. Ed was predeceased by his devoted wife of 48 years, Dorothy (née Lysaght).
Ed was born in New York City in 1920, the son of a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and grew up in Manhattan. He was a 1941 graduate of the City College of New York. Ed served as a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a radio technician stationed in Calcutta, India.
After the war, Ed met Dorothy at the Community Unitarian Church in NYC, and they married and raised their family in Englewood, where they were both active in civic and school activities. He owned an export business in New York City for many years. Ed was always very active in local community theater including the New Dimension Theater in Englewood, the Elmwood Players in Nyack, NY and the Bergen County Players in Oradell.
After retiring at age 62, Ed embarked on a career as a professional actor. He toured Europe three times with Classic Theater International and appeared in numerous stage productions, commercials, movies and TV shows. He was most proud of a two week stint as a character on the soap opera "As The World Turns" in 1985. At the time of his sudden passing, Ed was in rehearsal for a production of the play "Love Letters", which was to have been performed in June at Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains, where Ed had resided since 2006.
Ed was a man who lived life to the fullest, pursuing many interests, fascinated by, and fascinating to, everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by his family and his large circle of friends and acquaintances.
A memorial gathering will be held on a date to be determined at Cedar Crest Village to celebrate Ed's life. Donations in Ed's name to The Bergen County Players, 298 Kinderkamack Rd, Oradell, NJ 07649 would be appreciated.
Published in The Record on May 18, 2014