Funeral Date: Monday, 12 March 2018
Edwin Gordon Glasspool, beloved husband, father and grandfather, unexpectedly passed away on March 5, 2018 at the age of 85. Born in Leonia on January 8, 1933 to Edwin Gabriel Glasspool and Ethel Hill Glasspool and raised in Palisades Park, NJ, Ed enjoyed playing football as a youth before attending Bucknell University. Ed was a proud member of the 50th Armored Division of the Army National Guard during the Korean War. He married Mimi M. Florio (deceased September 16, 1986) on June 17, 1955. Together they had two daughters Barbara Ann Davis (Far Hills, NJ) and Valerie Dellacave (Totowa, NJ) and a son Edwin Gabriel Glasspool (Caldwell, NJ). He moved his family to Michigan, where he began a career in the food services industry, selling everything from frozen vegetables to cheese to fish to some of the biggest supermarket and fast-food restaurant chains in the country. After moving back to northern New Jersey with his family in the late 1960s, Ed continued his career in the food services industry, began teaching CCD and became involved in local politics, serving over the years on the Wayne Zoning Board and as Republican municipal chairman. After his wife passed away too young, it was at a Wayne Republican Club meeting where he met Beryl Paul, whom he began courting in 1987 and married on December 1, 1992, the two eloping in Anguilla. He was a loving husband to Beryl for more than 25 years. In 1998, Beryl and Ed traveled to Israel for the first time and upon their return, Ed made the decision to become a Jew by Choice. Upon his conversion, he took Yitro as his Hebrew name and became a devoted congregant of Temple Beth Tikvah, chairing its Tree of Life program, attending Morning Minyan and Torah study regularly and serving as Post Commander for the local Jewish War Veterans group #695 for many years. Whether at the Temple, at a local town council meeting or while working part-time at the local A&P in the seafood section during his semi-retirement years, Ed would freely provide not only recipe suggestions but also would enthusiastically share a story, a political thought or a joke to whomever would listen. He loved John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and his family—not necessarily in that order. Indeed, throughout his years, it was Ed’s love of country, his deep-rooted faith in a higher teaching, his enthusiasm for libertarian philosophy and politics, his pride in his family, and his caring spirit, gentle soul and giving heart that defined the man he was.
Ed was predeceased by his sister Doris Glasspool Page. He is survived by his wife and children as well as by two step-daughters, Janice Paul (Wayne, NJ) and Linda Paul (NYC); by three sons-in-law, Robert Iandoli, Pat Dellacave and Robert Kowal; a daughter-in-law, Janice Backman Glasspool; five adoring grandchildren, Ian Davis, Morgan Glasspool, Thomas Dellacave, Pat Dellacave and Andrew Paul; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Forever in our hearts.
A memorial service for Ed, led by Cantor Romalis, will be held at Temple Beth Tikvah (950 Preakness Avenue, Wayne, NJ) on Monday, March 12 at 10:00 am.
Shivah will be held at Beryl’s home on Monday, March 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a service at 7:30 pm.
Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Rabbi Israel S. Dresner Tikkun Olam Fund in care of Temple Beth Tikvah.