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Edward L. Esso


Edward L. Esso, age 92, of Wayne died peacefully on April 8, 2017.

Beloved husband of 54 years to Gloria Esso (nee Hawaweeny).

He attended high school then transferred to vocational school in Paterson. At age 18 he enlisted in the Navy and served from 1942-1945. During WWII he served aboard the US Lovering DE 39 in the Pacific. He looked forward to the yearly Navy reunions he attended where he met with his shipmates and talked about their days at sea.

Upon his discharge he worked as a highly skilled machinist at National Rubber in Clifton, Independence Engineering in Paterson, and Bomont Industries in Totowa. He retired after 51 years as a machinist in 1989.

He was a life member of both the John Raad Post 438 in Paterson and VFW Post 10104 in Totowa. He enjoyed the many trips he took with the Totowa Happy Seniors and looked forward to Bocce games with his Totowa Friends.

He is survived by two sons Joseph of Wayne and Edward, Jr. of Morris Plains. He is also survived by one brother George of Lake Hopatcong. He was predeceased by: his daughter Denise in 1992; five sisters Mary Kabbash, Alice Mattaliano, Catherine Chanatry, Agnes Hayek, Josephine Chidiac, and his brother James.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 8:45 AM on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from the funeral home then to St Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 802 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park for a 10 AM funeral service.

Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed's memory would be appreciated to his church; St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 802 Rifle Camp Rd., Woodland Park, NJ 07424.

Guest Book


Uncle Eddie was one of the kindest, most thoughtful men I have ever met. His presence at our annual Christmas Eve dinner will surely be missed as he enjoyed singing carols every year. His tales of his days at sea was his favorite topic to talk about. Uncle Eddie was such a special part of my life and I will miss him so much. Rest in peace

Janice Maskal


Eddie Esso was a good friend of my father. He was a gentle, kind man who always thought of others and put others needs before his own. I was honored to have known him. Rest in peace, Eddie.

Candice Manasse


Eddie was a dear friend of my grandparents and I have many fond memories of him coming to visit them. He always had funny stories and would have me laughing in no time. He was an amazing, kind, gentle man that will be missed. It was a privilege to know him, may he rest in peace. Dianna Manasse

Dianna Manasse


My husband Paul just read about Mr. Esso in the paper today. We always saw he and his wife Gloria walking in Wayne. We stopped and talked whenever we met. They were both very charming, kind and interesting. We haven't seen them for a while now; and we wondered if everything was alright. We always referred to him as The Hero, which we thought he was because of his military service in WWII. It was our honor to know him. Rest peacefully, our Hero. Ann and Paul Simonetti

Ann Simonetti

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