Edward Nicholas Holback
Merck executive; remembered as caring and compassionate
Edward Nicholas Holback, 93, died peacefully on Monday, June 22, 2020, in his home at Lantern Hill in New Providence, N.J.
Ed was born in Yonkers, N.Y., to the late George and Albertina Holback. He lived most of his life in Scotch Plains, N.J., before settling at Lantern Hill in New Providence with his wife of 61 years, Jeanne.
Ed graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1944, and then joined the Hospital Corps in the Navy and served during World War II from 1944 to '46 in San Diego. Ed then attended Loyola College, Baltimore from where he graduated in 1950, with a bachelor of science in pre-med.
Ed joined Merck & Co. in 1951, where he worked for 36 years, retiring in 1987, as national sales manager. Upon his retirement, Ed then established his own company, E.H. Chemicals.
Through his many years in Scotch Plains, Ed was a very active member of Saint Bartholomew's the Apostle Church serving as CCD teacher and Eucharistic minister.
He also was very involved with Toastmasters and actively enjoyed skiing, tennis and playing golf with his friends both as a member of Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J., and since 2000, in Grand Harbor, Vero Beach, Fla. Ed was a talented painter and enjoyed reading and spending time with his two daughters and their families.
He is remembered by his family and friends as a kind, caring and compassionate man who always put others ahead of himself. His positive outlook on life and support of others helped every person Ed touched.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne and his two daughters and their husbands, Laura and Parry Gosling and Suzanne and Greg Evans, as well as grandchildren, Kate Gosling, Jill Gosling, Ainsley Evans and Olivia Evans.
A private Mass will be held on Thursday, June 25, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, Scotch Plains, followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
Should friends or family desire, memorial contributions can be made in Ed's name to St. Bartholomew The Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.
Published in The Star-Ledger on Jun. 24, 2020.