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Edward T. McFadden

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Edward T. McFadden


Edward T. McFadden passed away on November 19, 2017 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center with his family by his side. Ed was born and raised in North Arlington, NJ, later moved to Rutherford, NJ, and more recently had lived at the Four Seasons in Lakewood, NJ.

Ed was the beloved husband of Dorothy "Dottie" (nee Doyle), his childhood sweetheart to whom he had been married for 52 years. He was the son of the late Edward and Edith of North Arlington. Loving father of Michele McFadden, Kristen McFadden Gandhi, and her husband Neil. He was predeceased by his sons Brian, Edward and Christopher. Devoted grandfather of Ryan, Erin and Claire. Dear brother of the late James and Brian; brother-in-law to Donna McFadden and Kathleen and John More. Beloved Godfather of Colleen More Villani, Sean McFadden and the late Brian Murphy. Adored uncle to Joe, Rich and Ken McFadden, Brian, Jason and Heather McFadden, Brian More and Billy and Sean Murphy.

Ed retired from Verizon in 1998 after 30 years of service. Through a partnership between Bell Atlantic and United Way, Ed hosted a trip to Disney World for many severely ill children. He was later employed by AT&T as a Director in 2004 when he retired for health reasons.

Ed was heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement in the 60's, participating in the March on Washington with a group from Newark. He began studying for the Permanent Diaconate in the early 70's and became the youngest person ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Newark in December 1977 by Archbishop Peter L. Gerety. During his years as a Permanent Deacon, Ed was fortunate to perform baptisms and marriages for many close family members and friends. He was originally assigned to St. Mary's parish in Rutherford where he was instrumental in forming a children's liturgy as well as being a team leader of the parish prayer group. He later transferred to St. Michael's Hospital in Newark where he ministered to the sick. One of the highlights of his ministry was meeting with Mother Teresa at a friend's home in Jersey City. He was also fortunate to serve as a Deacon at the mass Pope John Paul II celebrated at Giants Stadium in 1995.

Visitation on Friday, November 24, 2017 at the Macagna-Diffily-Onorato Funeral Home, 41 Ames Avenue Rutherford, NJ from 4-8 PM. Funeral on Saturday, November 25, 2017 beginning at 9 AM at the same location followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Queen of Peace R.C. Church, North Arlington, NJ at 10 AM. Private Cremation to follow with remains to be buried with his sons in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly request donations be made in Ed's memory to the ( 30 E 33rd St #3, New York, NY 10016. To leave an online condolence or for additional information please visit www.macagnadiffilyonora
Published in Asbury Park Press from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2017
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