|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1928|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 2011|
Ed was born in Jersey City, NJ on July 11, 1928, a son of the late Edward and Antoinette (nee Pipi) Tarantino. He lived with his family on Stevens Avenue in the Greenville Section.
Art was Ed's life. He was an extremely gifted artist and sign painter since he was a teenager. He studied at the Pratt Institute and Cooper Union School of Art. He possessed an amazing talent and enjoyed painting oils, pastels, water colors, portraits, landscapes, and still life. Over the years he owned several art galleries, and was even the host of the television show, Uncle Ed's Art Show, in Atlantic City, NJ.
During the 60s and 70s Ed owned and operated Multi-Media Sign Company out of Lyndhurst,NJ, and for a time before that Philadelphia, PA. He mainly worked with his son Edward and my dad, Ron Meyers, Sr. But eventually he would bring in me and his son David. One thing I recall is how when other experienced and talented sign painters had difficult jobs with detailed artwork to be performed they would call upon Ed to get the job done right. He had a unique talent that was recognized even by his peers. He was the last of a dying breed whom relied upon talent rather than technology to carry the day.
He moved to the Atlantic City area in the late 70s, and eventually to Florida during the mid 80s. Finally he moved to New Castle, IN in 1995 to be with his son Edward and together they owned Tarantino Signs on Broad St.
Ed was also a dedicated Christian and wrote and distributed Christian literature. He was also an accomplished boxer in his youth.
Ed is survived by his four children, Edward (wife: Carolyn) Tarantino of Middletown; Susan (husband: Frank) Mazetta of Caldwell, New Jersey; David (wife: Lore) Tarantino of Brigantine, New Jersey; and Barbara (husband: Bob) Marks of Parsippany, New Jersey. He also had two step-daughters, Lorelei Kitrick of North Carolina and Colleen McAloon of California. Ed had 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Marie (nee Kretchman) Tarantino, his sister, Sabina Tarantino, and by his wife, Opal (nee Clark) Tarantino.
I knew Ed for many years. My dad, Ron Meyers, Sr., worked as a sign painter with Ed from the early 60s until the late 70s. I remember his shop on West Side Avenue and then the one on Roosevelt Avenue in Jersey City. I myself worked with Ed during the summers as a teenager as well as right before and after my military service. I started out cleaning paint brushes and worked my way up to doing actual art work on signs. After my discharge from the military Ed rented me my first apartment on Roosevelt Avenue. Ed was the greatest artist I ever knew. He was a genuine and good man. I learned so much from him and considered him my mentor. It was because of what we learned from Ed that my dad and I were able to operate our own sign business after Ed left for Atlantic City. In fact, my dad bought out Ed's equipment including that big yellow Dodge truck that they custom built during the early 70s. We had a lot of good times together and a lot of laughs. I'll never forget this man who I considered a true friend...
Over the years whenever anyone would ask who were my favorite artists I would always tell them "Norman Rockwell and Edward Tarantino...and not necessarily in that order".
Green Hills Memory Gardens
Created by: Ron Meyers
Record added: Jan 01, 2013
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