Edward Christie, 91, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, surrounded by loving family members. There will be a memorial gathering at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., on Tuesday, October1 beginning at 10 am and concluding at 12 noon with a service celebrating his life and reflections from those who knew Edward. The cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers his family requests donations in his memory be made to Achieve Foundation (achievefoundation.org
) for the specific purpose of renovating Columbia High School's auditorium, P.O. Box 84, Maplewood, N.J. 07040.
Born in Maplewood, Edward lived in Livingston for fifty years moving back to Maplewood four years ago. He was a Master Mechanic for RCA in Harrison for fifty-five years retiring in 1992 and was awarded the RCA Man of the Year Award in 1970. After his retirement he delighted in driving school buses for Kevah Konner Bus Co. and was warmly referred to by the children as "Mr. Ed". Ed was also an Army Technician Third Grade during World War II serving in Central Europe and the Rhineland and also participated in the Battle of the Bulge; for his valiant dedication he received the American Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Surviving is his beloved wife of 65 years, Marie (Paganelli), devoted daughter Barbara Ripley and was a loving grandfather to three granddaughters and ten great grandsons.