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Edmund A. Laurent


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Edmund A. Laurent

Edmund A. Laurent died on July 18, 2017, of "chronic old age." He was born in Westfield, NJ on January 13, 1923, the second of five children. He spent his early years in Lakehurst, NJ, and then moved with his family to Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, where he graduated high school. Ed then went to work for Gibbs & Cox, a naval architect firm in NYC. Upon the United States entering WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He received his training in four-engine bombers, and was shipped out as a 2nd Lieutenant to the Pacific, commanding a B-24 bomber in the 380th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force. At the end of the war, Ed served in the Army Reserves and National Guard, and worked for Western Electric. It was during this time that he was set up with a friend's little sister, Alice Wolff, who became the love of his life. They were married in 1953, and settled in New Brunswick, NJ. That same year, Ed began his flying career with American Airlines. In 1955, Ed and Alice's first child, Michael, was born. Two years later, in 1957, after moving to Middletown, NJ, they had a daughter, Elizabeth, followed by another son, Steven, in 1961. Over the next two decades Ed and Alice raised their family. In 1983, Ed retired from flying, and he and Alice moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where they would spend the rest of their days. They spent their time traveling, playing golf, entertaining family and friends, and enjoying their granddaughter, Stephanie. Alice suffered a debilitating stroke in 2007, and Ed, despite his own declining health, lovingly cared for her until her death in 2011. After being hospitalized from a fall in 2015, he moved in with his daughter and her family in Phoenix, where he spent the remainder of his days until his passing. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Paul) Brennan, of Florida; his son, Michael, of California; his daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband Tom Tkacik, and their daughter, Stephanie, of Arizona; and his son, Steven, and his wife, Kina, of Arizona. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com for condolences.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 18, 2017
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