ForeverMissed
Eddie, Ed, Dad, PaPa, Pop
1947 - 2021

We lost one of the best on Wednesday, March 24th , 2021. Edward James Campbell was a man who worked hard, played harder and loved the hardest. He is survived by his loving wife Kathleen Roemer Campbell of almost 50 years, his children, Jamie, Kelly, Sarah, and Brie, his sons-in-law, Raymond, Torsten, Dan, and his ten grandchildren who made him so proud, Lily, Ava, Shay, Campbell, Katherine, Ella, T.J, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Remy.

Ed was born on January 8th, 1947 in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated JP Stevens in 1965, attended Middlesex County College and graduated from Rutgers in 1980. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Saratoga and USS Ranger from 1966 – 1969. He served 2 tours of Vietnam and the 6 Day War. He had lived in Jersey City, Edison, Jefferson Twp. and for the past 35 years, Freehold Twp.

Professionally, he worked for N.Y. Seven Up and N.Y. Coca Cola before becoming an independent Coca Cola distributer in Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel in 1985. He spun off New Jersey Coffee in 1996. In 2013 after retiring, he became an elementary school bus driver for the town of Manalapan. I think everyone who knew him would agree that this was the most perfect job for him.

Soccer was his passion, Ed dedicated hours to the teams he coached from Rec Soccer to the State Team. He coached for over 20 years, starting with a boys’ soccer team. He then went on to coach girl’s travel, select and even as an assistant for a state team. He loved soccer, coaching and could often be found at any game he could find.

Ed will be remembered as being full of life and that he loved to the fullest. Some would consider him one of the biggest kids out there. Many of you will remember seeing him on a soccer field, the beach, driving his grandkids, at Wegmans, the Post Office, driving a school bus or befriending a complete stranger. He loved to talk and talk and talk, but he also was a really great listener. He was filled with a wealth of knowledge and he could always tell you a story.

So, please share your story of Ed with us! We would love to keep his memory and spirit alive for all of us especially his grandchildren. Write a story, a memory or how you knew Ed… he touched so many hearts. Please email to: EdEddieDadPop@gmail.com .

We will be celebrating Ed’s life on Saturday, May 1st , from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at home in our backyard. It will be a walk thru tribute for Ed outdoors, rain, or shine. Please consider making a donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of Edward, Eddie, Ed, Dad, PaPa, Pop. Thank you.

The Family of Edward J. Campbell

Fertig Funeral Home

Posted by karen ferrick on April 15, 2021
It was early 1970's my boyfriend Frank said his buddy E.J. and his girlfriend were coming to Boston to visit. We would meet them at a restaurant and hang out for a while. We had a great time and had a lot in common. Frank and E.J. were in the Navy together and served on the Saratoga in Viet Nam.
This friendship lasted throughout the years. We enjoyed looking forward to their visits to Boston and ours to New Jersey.
Highlights included Salem Ma, Rockport, Martha's Vineyard trips to New jersey, The Jersey shore, singing songs by Carol King, and James Taylor on the radio.
They came to our wedding, we went to theirs.
Babies came along and our firstborns met. Times got busier and visits not as frequent. Eventually grandchildren came along. We have 3 blessings, they have 10 beautiful bundles of joy. We would call on the phone, and eventually e-mailing back and forth.
We would look forward to the Christmas card every year to count the new grandchildren. I still have them tucked away to check the names of all and see how they have grown each year.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of E.J.s passing. We will always remember his big beautiful smile and laugh. We always hoped we would meet up again some day.
Kathy and family, we are heartbroken for each of you as you try to cope with your loss. Hold tight to his love and memories for comfort.
May his hopes and dreams live on in your beautiful family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Karen and Frank Ferrick
Posted by June Joseph on April 10, 2021
I knew Ed and Kathy when I lived in Freehold where my husband and I raised our 3 daughters. I was a Girl Scout Leader and he always made sure his girls could go on GS trips and especially camping. I last saw Ed and Kathy filling a Coke machine at the school I was teaching at in Middletown. We moved to Cato, NY in 2002. Debra called to tell me. I am so sorry.
Posted by Jim Barrett on April 9, 2021
Kathy and kids .So sorry to hear of your loss .Ed was a good friend and he got me into coaching the Jaguars when he went to state team, .RIP,Ed

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Posted by karen ferrick on April 15, 2021
It was early 1970's my boyfriend Frank said his buddy E.J. and his girlfriend were coming to Boston to visit. We would meet them at a restaurant and hang out for a while. We had a great time and had a lot in common. Frank and E.J. were in the Navy together and served on the Saratoga in Viet Nam.
This friendship lasted throughout the years. We enjoyed looking forward to their visits to Boston and ours to New Jersey.
Highlights included Salem Ma, Rockport, Martha's Vineyard trips to New jersey, The Jersey shore, singing songs by Carol King, and James Taylor on the radio.
They came to our wedding, we went to theirs.
Babies came along and our firstborns met. Times got busier and visits not as frequent. Eventually grandchildren came along. We have 3 blessings, they have 10 beautiful bundles of joy. We would call on the phone, and eventually e-mailing back and forth.
We would look forward to the Christmas card every year to count the new grandchildren. I still have them tucked away to check the names of all and see how they have grown each year.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of E.J.s passing. We will always remember his big beautiful smile and laugh. We always hoped we would meet up again some day.
Kathy and family, we are heartbroken for each of you as you try to cope with your loss. Hold tight to his love and memories for comfort.
May his hopes and dreams live on in your beautiful family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Karen and Frank Ferrick
Posted by June Joseph on April 10, 2021
I knew Ed and Kathy when I lived in Freehold where my husband and I raised our 3 daughters. I was a Girl Scout Leader and he always made sure his girls could go on GS trips and especially camping. I last saw Ed and Kathy filling a Coke machine at the school I was teaching at in Middletown. We moved to Cato, NY in 2002. Debra called to tell me. I am so sorry.
Posted by Jim Barrett on April 9, 2021
Kathy and kids .So sorry to hear of your loss .Ed was a good friend and he got me into coaching the Jaguars when he went to state team, .RIP,Ed
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Shared by karen ferrick on April 15, 2021
It was early 1970's my boyfriend Frank said his buddy E.J. and his girlfriend were coming to Boston to visit. We would meet them at a restaurant and hang out for a while. We had a great time and really had a lot in common. Frank and E.J. were in the Navy together and served on the USS Ranger in Viet Nam.
This friendship lasted throughout the years. We enjoyed looking forward to their visits to Boston .and our visits to New Jersey.
Highlights included Salem, Ma, Rockport ,Martha's Vineyard. trips to New Jersey, The Jersey Shore, singing songs by Carol King and James Taylor on the radio.
They came to our wedding, we went to theirs.
Babies came along and our firstborns met. Times got busier and visits not as frequent. Eventually grandchildren entered our lives. We have 3 blessings in our lives ..E.J. and Kathy have 10 beautiful bundles of Joy. We would call on the phone, eventually e-mailing back and forth.
We would look forward to the Campbell's Christmas card every year to count the new grandchildren. I still have them tucked away to check the names of all and see how they have grown each year.
We were so shocked saddened to hear of E.J.s passing. We will always remember his big beautiful smile and laugh. He was so full of life. We always hoped we would meet up again some day.
Kathy and family We are heartbroken for each of you as you try to cope with your loss .Hold tight to his love and memories for comfort.
May his hopes and dreams live on in your beautiful family.
Love and prayers are with you, Karen and Frank Ferrick

50 years of Friendship

Shared by Barbara Vaccaro on April 9, 2021
My memories snd stories of Ed are too numerous to recount.. it takes a lot of love to remain friends for 50 years with anyone, but Ed ( and Kathy)  were both committed to ours.  I will always remember Ed in the way that he laughed mischievously, and his shoulders shrugged a bit while he was laughing.. adding to my perception that he was up to something .  
I will never forget Ed .... and there is a story behind my chipped front tooth that involves a ski trip, a wine bottle and Ed, but it’s a precious personal memory and I hope Kathy laughs when she reads this because she was there.
Sending all my love to each and every one of the Campbell’s. Ed will be tremendously missed by all of us.