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STROHMEYER Edward G., of River Vale, NJ was born in 1938 in Teaneck, NJ to Jane and William Strohmeyer, and a lifelong resident of Bergen County. Ed passed away March 7, 2010 at The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood. His loving and courageous wife of nearly 50 years, Beatrice (nee Alawat) was at his side.He will be profoundly missed by his two children and their spouses, Lynda and William Lundy of Waretown and Edward Michael and Judith Strohmeyer of Teaneck and by his beloved grandchildren Kevin and Lauren McGovern of Waretown who always knew how greatly he loved them.Ed's family William and Jane Strohmeyer of Demarest, James and Marianne Strohmeyer of Harrington Park, Kevin and Sheila Strohmeyer of Dumont and his sister Jane Johnson of Saratoga Springs, NY cherished their youngest brother for his entire life. His sister Virginia Stevenson of Ogdensberg, NY passed away several years ago. He was a shining example of a loving uncle to several nieces and nephews. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, Ed was frequently seen with his Chocolate Lab companion "Teddy", named after Ted Williams.His enormous number of friends and colleagues recognized his greatness in his personal life as well as his professional career. His character illuminated by his consistent sense of fairness and loyalty was apparent to generations of students and athletes. Ed was often described as the epitome of precision and professionalism whether in the classroom or on the field of play.He achieved excellence in everything he undertook. Ed began his education at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, then on to Fairlelgh Dickinson University where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He received his graduate degree from Montclair University. He was a valued staff member at both Tenafly High School and Bergenfield High School for four decades. He enjoyed teaching mathematics, coaching basketball and soccer, and becoming a math supervisor. Always clear and consistent, Ed was a natural educator and always put the students first. Those he touched will carry him in their hearts and minds as long as they live.His tremendous indelible contributions to athletics in the State of New Jersey are immense and beyond comparison. Since 1962, he was a member of the North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, INC. IAABO Board 33 and acted as past President from 1995-1996. He received the prestigious NJSIAA Robert F. Kanaby Service Award in 2008. From 1970-1980, Ed worked College Basketball for the Eastern Athletic Conference doing Division 1, 2, and 3 games. He was the Chairman and assigner for the Oscar F. Thompson Memorial Jamboree, aka the Bergen County Jamboree, for nearly 40 years. Ed received the Oscar F. Thompson Jamboree Howard H. Bollerman Memorial Award by the Bergen County Coaches Association in 1995. Ed joined the New Jersey Football Officials Association North Jersey Chapter in 1961, and was past president in 1984.In 2000, he was presented with the NJFOA North Jersey Chapter V James Rosati Memorial Award. Ed was the assignor for the BCSL American Division football and basketball for over 30 years, and the NBJFL assignor since 1990.He was a Bergen County Umpires Association member since 1961, rules interpreter 1966-2008, president of the association in 1968, recipient of the Barney Finn Award in 1981, and the Bergen County Umpires Association Cadet Baseball Supervisor since 1978. He was frequently quoted as saying "Shave the day of the game, not the week of the game." In other words, always look sharp on game day! Among other proud honors was his induction into the Tenafly High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and recipient of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County Person of the Year Award in 2000.Please join us in celebrating his wonderful life! Visitation will be at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Wednesday, March 10 from 3-8 PM. Family and friends will meet at Church of St. John The Baptist, 69 Valley Street, Hillsdale, NJ on Thursday, March 11, for the 10 AM Funeral Liturgy. Cremation will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor Bethesda, Maryland 20814.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 9, 2010
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