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Edward Skurna

Edward Skurna

Friday, March 24th, 1939 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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Edward Skurna, of Hardyston, passed away peacefully in Newton on February 9th, 2020 at the age of 80.
Ed, a lifelong New Jersey resident, was born in Passaic March 24, 1939. He was a graduate of William Paterson University and taught science and math at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale for more than 35 years.
Ed’s interests were varied and included astronomy, old movies, books, model trains, and music. He enjoyed spending time with friends as a volunteer with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad at Mahwah Museum. His passion for music spanned several decades and began in his early years when he played trombone in high school. His love of marches and concert band music remained with him throughout his life, and he was a trombonist in several community concert bands in northern New Jersey. He was a member of the acclaimed Gloria Band under the direction of Don Butterfield in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. He played with the Waldwick Concert Band for more than 40 years. He was also a member of the Saddle River Concert Band for more than 20 years. He was a current member of the AU Men’s Club Band in Wyckoff.
Ed leaves behind no family. He will be missed by the many friends he made through his music and his avid interest in model railroading, and especially by his devoted, caring friends Chuck, Barbara, Russ, and Larry.
A memorial visitation for Ed will be held on Monday, February 17th, 2020 from 11AM to 12 noon at the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ 07416. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children
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    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    F. John Ramsey Funeral Home
    One Main Street
    FRANKLIN, NJ 07416
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Joseph G Skurna

Posted at 08:26pm
I am sad to hear of Ed Skurna passing. I am wondering if he is my cousin. Can any of his friends tell me his
parents name. I plan on attending his service this Monday. I am Joseph G. Skurna from Waldwick NJ.

Joseph Skurna Posted at 08:59am


Robert Adler

Posted at 06:45am
I am sad to inform you that we lost Ed Skurna this past Saturday evening due to complications from heart valve surgery he had last Wednesday.

For those of you that didn't know Ed well, he has been a member and supporter of our railroad crew for the past ten years. Ed was always willing to fill in whenever he was needed. He loved being at the museum and enjoyed docenting. A teacher to the very end, Ed was always reading and sharing his knowledge of trains with anyone that would listen. He especially enjoyed talking to our younger visitors about the different trains that we had.

Ed was also extremely generous to our museum. Many of the really detailed and interesting locomotives we have both in HO and O gauge are the products of his generosity. The wall case as you enter the room is totally filled with items that Ed donated so we could educate visitors to our exhibit. He was also responsible for our ability to recreate the golden spike ceremony last year. Most recently he wanted us to recreate the great locomotive chase from the civil war and donated the locomotives to do that.

Ed has been a very important member of our model railroad family. He is most certainly going to be missed. While no arrangements have been made, his friend Larry told me he will be cremated and a mass will be celebrated at a later date. I will inform you when I find out about his memorial service.


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