This page has been visited 1779 times

Edward R. Halat


Edward R. Halat age 83 of Wayne passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday September 26, 2017.

Ed was born in Dupont, PA to Frank and Elizabeth Halat and was one of fourteen children. He was raised in Dupont but followed his older siblings to NJ where he lived his entire adult life. When he arrived, he earned a position as a machinist. Eventually, in 1977 he bought the company that we was working for at the time Adco Liberty in West Orange, NJ. Following a very successful career Ed retired in 1999. When he was ever asked what he will be doing today, (in his retirement), he would answer, “Whatever I want!”

Ed was scheduled to meet his wife Joan at a Bingo game. Sadly, she stood him up! However, soon thereafter Ed learned that she didn’t stand him up on purpose, but had been asked to work late that night. Under the circumstances, and long before cell phones, there was no way she could contact him that night. Nevertheless, once they did have that first date, there was no way to separate them. They were married on May 19, 1956 in Clifton and enjoyed a honeymoon to Florida and Cuba. Ed and Joan cherished fifty-eight years of loving and loyal marriage until Joan’s passing in July of 2014. During their time together they traveled to Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Shortly after they were married, a little more than a year, Ed was called to serve his country in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany during his service, where he served very honorably.

Ed enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards, telling jokes and especially spending time with his grandson Ajay. He was the light of his life. Throughout his life, Ed always owned boats. He loved boating and vacations at the Jersey shore where he and his wife owned a few homes over the years. Ed was always on the go, either building or fixing something. He had a wonderful sense of humor, always had a joke to tell, and you would be hard-pressed not to have a smile on your face while being in the same room with him. He was devoted to his Catholic faith. Above all of Ed’s interests and hobbies, he was devoted to his family, always there for his wife and children. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Ed touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by all who knew him.

Edward is survived by his daughter Holly Halat of Wayne/Florida and her boyfriend Billy of PA, his son Randy and his girlfriend Lina of Wayne, his one grandson Ajay Halat, and one sister Mae Pawlowski of Totowa, he is also survived by two very dear friends Marianna Trofa/Nelson and John Anthony. He was predeceased by his wife Joan Halat in 2014. He was also pre-deceased by twelve of his siblings. Hank, Matt, Steve, Joe, Frank, Edmund, Stella, Cecilia, Casey, Agnes, Betty and Ann.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-6PM on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ.

Funeral services will be held 9AM on Monday October 2 at the funeral home then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Rd, Wayne where at 10AM a funeral mass will be celebrated.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.

Guest Book


Sorry for your loss. Your father was a very nice man always stopping to talk and always laughing and smiling. I remember him and my father would talk sometimes and my father would ask hey have you seen Mr. Halat did you see Ed and I would say yes I did. He would say you see Randy's father I would say yeah I saw him and he would say did you say hi he's a good guy that guy I like him and I would say yes I did and then he would say how is he did you tell him I said hi and I would say good and then he would say.... well you get the Your father always had a story just like my father he would always stop and talk until I would say okay I got to go and he would say okay I'll see you around. I will miss him. Rest in peace Mr. Halat say hi to my mother and father.

Glen DiGirolamo


Fast Eddie was a great man. I always remember him and Randy coming to Golf Fanatic. He was ALWAYS cracking jokes and laughing. Randy, I remember your father buying you the brown 1970 Mustang Coupe for your first car, very cool dad. I was glad to know him as a neighbor and a friend.

Mykell J Gossinger

Would you like to leave your thoughts and sign the guest book?

Your Name 

Your Email 
Your Message 

Would you like to send the family a PRIVATE note of Condolence? What's this?