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Edward J. Parks


Edward John Parks, 75 of Wayne, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Born on December 10, 1941 in Suffern New York to Elmer and Alice Parks, he was raised in Paterson where he graduated from Don Bosco Technical High School in 1960. Ed worked for his father’s business, “Parks & Son Hardware” on Union Boulevard, Totowa, until the age of 20 when he became a meter reader with PSE&G. It was here that he met his beloved wife, Regina (nee Pecoraro), and married on October 27, 1973. They exchanged vows at St. Joseph’s Church in Lodi, honeymooned along the coast of California, and immediately settled in Wayne to raise their family. After 42 years of dedication with PSE&G, Ed retired as an account manager.

Ed enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to his immaculately manicured yard and large vegetable garden. His bountiful harvest was always shared with family and friends and often appearing on the doorsteps of his children’s homes. He was a great cook and an even better artist. His artwork decorated the hallways of his home and won countless awards at the Passaic County Senior Art Shows. Summer vacations were spent at the Jersey Shore even though he preferred deep sea fishing rather than sitting on the beach. He enjoyed traveling with his family and visited wonderful destinations including Cape Cod, Disney, Alaska, Russia, Ireland, and Hawaii.

His grandchildren were his greatest pride and joy. His constant tickles and mouth popping sounds always brought out the contagious giggles which he cherished immensely. They will forever miss his art lessons, annual toboggan sleigh riding in the backyard, tractor rides down the hill, and all of the “grandpa” moments made special for each and every one of them.

Ed was a faithful parishioner and active member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish on Valley Rd., Wayne. He has most recently been an altar server with the Funeral Ministry at Our Lady of the Valley, assisting families during their time of need.

Ed is survived by his loving wife Regina of Wayne, three children; Allison Winkler and her husband Thomas of N. Haledon, Aimee Bongiovanni and her husband Thomas of Wayne, and Edward Parks, Jr. and his wife Megan of Lake Hiawatha, eight adored grandchildren; Thomas Winkler, Jr., Braydon Winkler, Nicholas Bongiovanni, Emma Winkler, Justin Bongiovanni, Sophia Parks, Ava Winkler, and Everly Parks, one sister; Gail Stager of Oak Ridge, and a large extended family that includes nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

His presence will be sorely missed by his family, as well as by all who loved him.
He shall live on in our hearts through many wonderful, fond memories we all have to cherish for years to come.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2-6 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9 AM on Monday, July 24, 2017 from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, Wayne, where at 10 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa.

Guest Book


Ed will be truly missed. He was a great friend. You could always count on Ed to be positive and funny!

Carmen and Jeff Heelan


Dear Park Family, On behalf of the over 420 plus members of the St. Philip Knights of Columbus we wish to offer our most sincere condolences to the Wife, Family and Friends of Ed. REQUIEM Aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. ETERNAL rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. Rest in GOD'S Eternal Peace Ed. Vivat Jesús !!!

David Cordero


Regina: My heartfelt condolences and prayers. I did not know Ed, but I'm sure he was a good man. May he rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord.

Joseph Klunk


Ed was a great pleasure to work with who had a great sense of humor and was a very decent human spirit in every way and I am sure he will favor with God in the afterlife.

Bob & Mary Bordone


My heart goes out to you Regina and family. He was a great husband, father and grandfather who will be missed dearly. I will always be available if you need me for anything.

Pia Ciuppa


To Ed's family, I have known Ed for the last 2+ years he was a gentleman and a wonderful man. I was so proud of what he did first for himself and for family. He will truly be missed especially by me on Wednesday night God Bless you all My prayers and condolences go out to you Joseph Broeckaert

Joseph Broeckaert


My condolences to the Park family. I worked with Ed in the Marketing Department of PSE&G. A true gentleman and great human being. It was a pleasure to know and work with Ed. May he rest in peace. God's blessings.!!!

Victor M Perez


My condolences to the Park Family. I worked with Ed while he was in PSE&G. always great advice and a great sense of humor. Wishing the family fond memories during this difficult time. The Hollenbeck Family

Dave Hollenbeck


With Great Sadness N Sorrow; R Memories will keep you Always In are Hearts. We will miss you Ed; May God Bless Regina N Your Family .... ALWAYS. Anna, Richard & Ronald Karak

Ric Karak


I worked with Ed in the old Paterson Service Dept. I have fond memories of his humor and kind words for everyone.

John Willemsen


Allison & Tom...I am very sorry for your loss. I know Father's are very special. I am here for you. Whatever you need day or night. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat Michalski


I worked with him on Ellison st. A lot of fun we all had there. RIP Ed

Sharon Ascione Hascup


Regina, I know it has been years, but, Amy and I send you our deepest condolences.

Brian and Amy Cochrane


Ed & I started the same time at PS and continued to meet frequently with former colleagues for lunch. Great guy who shall be missed by all. God Bless the Parks family.

Jerry Bello


RIP Ed, Regina and family my heartfelt sympathy to you all, Ed was a great guy and someone I got to know when I first started in PSE&G. He will be missed.

Frank Stampone


Dear Regina and family, With Deepest Sympathy, accept my condolences at this very sad time. Love, Shelly

Shelly O"Hara Sorce


Kenny and i send our Heartfelt Condolences to you and yours during this most difficult time. May he rest in Peace.

Sandi Razen


Allison, Tom and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Rick and Liz Varian


Ed was a wonderful brother-in-law and an awesome uncle to our children!

Joseph and Rosemary Pecoraro


Dear Regina, Allison, Aimee, Eddie, and families, It's been many years since we've seen any of you, but we have fond memories of Ed and want to extend our sincere condolences. May your special memories with Ed help sustain you through this very difficult time. Sent with love and hugs for you all.

Vic and Willie Norman


Dear Regina: I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I had known Ed for many many years sharing CYO activities at OLV. My condolences to your family. Sincerely, Betty Breen and family.

betty breen & family

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