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Richard "Dick" Edge
February 2, 2024
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Richard “Dick” Edge born January 12, 1931, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2024 at the Serenity Hospice Center in Hamilton, New Jersey at the age of 93.
A life-long resident of Burlington, New Jersey, he was the son of William Robert Edge and Josephine Palma Edge, and the brother of Audrey Edge Perry and William ‘Buck” Edge. He is predeceased in death by his High School Sweetheart and spouse of 68 years, Pauline Weber Edge. Dick is survived by his six children Kathleen Edge and husband Thomas D’Artagnan, Teresa Edge, Donna Edge and husband Chris Cassells, Nancy Edge and husband Bill Johnson, Richard Edge Jr. and wife Isabel Mijangos and Stephen Edge and wife Patricia Policastro. He has eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
After graduating from Wilbur Watts High School in Burlington, Dick entered military service with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Mergansen Minesweeper as an Engineman 3rd Class. After leaving the US Navy, he started working as a Lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone in 1954 and climbed up the management ladder until he retired in 1992 with 38 years of service.
He was a remarkable leader in his community. He took on many roles in different organizations, showing his dedication to service and leadership. He served as a Burlington City Council Member, a President of the Board of Education for the Burlington County Vocational Schools, and a Rotary Club and Elks member. He spent countless hours with the Bell Telephone Pioneers, where he supported the Special Olympics and planned camping activities for the disabled children. He also found joy in volunteering for the Fire Department (The Endeavor Emergency Squad), which he became a part of in 1955. In 2019, The Endeavor rewarded him with a new ambulance in his name for his lifelong service to the squad. Dick was always available to help anyone in need, whether big or small. His story motivates us to see the influence one person can have on their community.
Dick loved his town, Burlington City where in his younger years could be found boating on the Delaware River or riding his bike or motorcycle through his small town where everyone knew him. He was very active and loved the outdoors. Fishing and camping with the family, bowling league, water and snow skiing, dancing and as time passed, his love for reading allowed him to continue exploring the world in a different way.
As a father, brother, uncle, grandfather, or friend, Dick embodied love, strength, and unwavering determination. His firm yet compassionate personality left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know him. His presence lingers, a comforting reminder of the bonds he forged. Let us honor him by living lives uplifted in love, kindness, and empathy, echoing the very values we hold dear.
A viewing will be held at Page Funeral Home, 302 East Union Street on Thursday, Feb 15, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 pm. On Friday, Feb 16,2024 there will be another viewing and a service to celebrate his life at the same location. Viewing from 9-10am with his Life Celebration at 10am. The burial will follow at the Brig Gen Wm Doyle NJ Veterans Cemetery, North Hanover, NJ., Chapel Time of 11:30am.
Due to cemetery restrictions of floral tributes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Endeavor Emergency Squad, or a charity of your choice.