|Death: ||Apr. 19, 2013|
New Jersey, USA
Edward A. Barbera, age 92 of Wayne died suddenly on Friday, April 19, 2013. Ed had been a resident of Wayne since 1952.
Ed was born in Paterson and grew up in Hawthorne and Prospect Park. He graduated from Paterson Technical High School and his first job was corking soda bottles and delivering them throughout the area. In fact, he learned to drive at sixteen years old behind the wheel of the soda delivery truck. He enjoyed a lengthy career as a machinist, working in several area textile factories, where his incredible mechanical skills were most appreciated.
World War II broke out and Ed was drafted into the Navy. He proudly served aboard the USS Canberra, CA-70 in the Pacific Fleet. His ship was torpedoed by a Japanese aircraft during the battle of Taiwan-Okinawa, killing 23 sailors onboard and flooded the engine room, disabling the ship. Amazingly, the ship remained afloat and was towed to Ulithi for repairs. Ed received a Silver Star and three Bronze Stars during his service and was discharged in 1945. He remained a strong American patriot all of his life, and very proud of his service to the Navy. He continued to attend Navy reunions for many years thereafter.
Ed's children recall their dad being able to build and fix just about anything. He was the neighborhood handyman, having fixed or replaced countless hot water heaters, furnaces, appliances and the like, for so many of his neighbors. He installed wells, by hand, for many of his neighbors which they used to water their lawns and gardens – many of them still in use today. He enjoyed all sports and watched baseball, football, golf, and even NASCAR races. He was as sharp as a tack and knew many of the statistics to go along with the various sports and players. He even had an opinion on Tiger Woods and his attempt at a comeback this year.
Ed met his wife Mary in Paterson before World War II and they enjoyed their first date to the Palisades Amusement Park. They married on October 17, 1942 at St. Anthony's RC Church in Hawthorne and enjoyed a honeymoon to Niagara Falls. Their marriage was an adventure and they were always trying new things. Ballroom dancing was among their favorite activities, having started with the Herb & Sally Walker Studios. They would go to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, and dances all around the area. Ed began to work as a DJ in his retirement and was always at the Elks Lodge mixing music for the Wayne Golden Age Circle parties. They even went through a phase of rock collecting and polishing. Travel was also a favorite of theirs and together they went to many Navy reunions around the country, cruises to the islands, a visit to the Grand Canyon, Alaska, and the Canadian Rockies. Ed's true love for Mary shined brightly, especially after she was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. Ed lovingly cared for her as best he could through it all.
Sadly, Mary passed in 2011 after sixty nine years of devoted and loving marriage. They were the best of friends, loved life, and truly enjoyed many happy years by each other's side.
Ed is survived by his four children; Lois Eddeh and her husband Jess of Pequannock, Ellen Barbera of Middlebury, VT, Steven Barbera and his wife Louanne of Wayne, and Thomas Barbera and his wife Melissa of Hawthorne, six grandchildren; JoAnn, Tommy, Michael, Danny, Stevie, and Chrissy, six great grandchildren; Jordyn, Andrew, Mitchell, Andie Claire, Russell, and Aven, his sister Doris Fazio of Las Vegas, NV, his brother; Gustave Barbera and his wife Dixie of Leigh Acres, FL, and his very dear cousin; Gina Whitehead and her husband Paul of Hawthorne.
Burial at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, NJ.
Written by Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home
Mary Cecelia Keating Barbera (1920 - 2011)*
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Created by: BertaPep
Record added: May 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110090024