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Longtime Rumson Employee, WW II Vet, Fair Haven Native Ed Connor Dies at 85

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Edwin "Ed" F. Connor, 85, of Rumson, who was born and raised in Fair Haven, died on Tuesday, April 2.

The U.S. Army World War II vet (1945-1947) moved to Rumson in 1952 where he became a borough employee in 1958. Connor first became the borough's mechanic, then superintendent of Public Works and superintendent of the Sanitary Sewer System. He retired from Rumson in 1989 after 31 years. 

A life member of the WW II Veterans Association, Connor was a charter member of Rumson's World War II Memorial, a life member of the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Fire Department and an exempt member of the Rumson First Aid Squad, having served as its captain for a year from 1964 to 1965.

A golf, crabbing and softball enthusiast, Ed was known to cherish and support his grandchildren in all of their endeavors.

Predeceased by two infant daughters, Peggy and Cindy, Ed Connor is survived by: his wife of 61 years, Margaret "Peg"; four daughters, Ellen Bannon, of Ocean Grove, Cathy Sanborn, of Neptune, Gail Pecyno, of Fair Haven, and Jeanne Walsh, Manasquan; a brother, Robert, of Rumson; two sisters, Marie Sanborn of Edgewater, FL, and Catherine Yakle, of Wapello, IA; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. There will be a mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

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