WILLEVER EDWARD V. WILLEVER, SR. (Age 65) Of Manassas, Virginia; formerly of West Belmar, New Jersey, was called home to the Lord on November 1, 2012. Born and raised at the New Jersey Shore, Ed graduated from Spring Lake Elementary School, Manasquan High School, and Lea College in 1971 with a degree in Education. A natural leader with a passion for community service, Ed enjoyed parallel careers as a police officer and as a volunteer fireman. Ed was a lifelong member of Goodwill Fire Company #2 in Spring Lake where he worked his way up through the ranks to Chief of Department. Ed was one of the first volunteer fire chiefs to make a presentation on fire prevention at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Los Angeles, California in 1994. Ed started his working career as a substitute teacher and special police officer in Spring Lake. Ed went on to serve as a police officer in Spring Lake Heights, an Assistant District Scout Executive with the Monmouth Council of Boy Scouts, a special officer with the Avon Police Department and was appointed a patrolman in Avon in 1973. Ed remained with the Avon Police Department for twenty-two years rising through the ranks to the position of captain before his retirement. Ed was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Valor for his heroic acts without regard to his personal safety. Ed was an esteemed instructor at the Monmouth County Police Academy. He created and directed the first satellite academy for the training of Special Officer Class I officers and was also a lead instructor for the Methods of Instruction program. Ed served as a state delegate from PBA Local #50, and was a life member of the New Jersey State PBA. Ed was also a proud member of Ocean Lodge #89, Free and Accepted Masons, Spring Lake Heights. Ed received many recognitions during his twin careers in volunteer firefighting and in law enforcement which included the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Community Award for his volunteer leadership in Little League, VFW Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award, New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Policeman of the Year resolution, the National Guard Bureau Minuteman Award, and the Past Chief Leadership Award from Goodwill Fire Company #2, Spring Lake. Following his retirement, Ed developed, implemented and directed two nationwide programs for the National Sheriffs' Association, a National Church Arson Awareness Program and an Executive Level Program on Weapons of Mass Destruction. Well over 100 WMD programs were conducted nationwide training thousands of first responders on preparing for and dealing with the potential of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Following his successful tenure at NSA, Ed was retained by MPRI Corporation as head of Law Enforcement and Emergency Response Operations and did consulting work for other public safety organizations. Ed was married for 25 years to the former Kathleen Mary Strohmenger with whom he joyfully raised three beautiful children in Wall Township. Ed is survived by his sister, Edna Riel, Arizona; Kathleen, West Belmar, his daughter Stephanie Suzanne and her boyfriend, Mark Saari, West Belmar; his son Paul Edward and his wife Erin, West Belmar; and his son Edward V. Willever, Jr. (Bubba), his wife Courtney and their three children: Emma Elizabeth, age 5, and twins Madeline Hope and Mason Edward, both 18 months, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. An opportunity to pay respects will be held at Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 2 to 4 PM and from 7 to 9 PM. A Masonic Service is planned for 7:45 PM, Fire Department Service at 8:15 PM and Religious Service of Remembrance will be at 8:30 PM at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Trout Unlimited or Children's Miracle Network. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2012