Edward Julian Jasinski, most recently of Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe Assisted Living in Richmond, Virginia, passed away Friday, December 23, 2022. He was 92 years old.
Ed was born on January 29, 1930, in Hillside, New Jersey. He was the son of Jacob and Maryanna Jasinski and was the second youngest of ten children. Ed graduated from Hillside High School in 1948, where he excelled as a baseball pitcher and basketball point guard. During his senior year, Ed
(nicknamed “Iggy”) was one of the best pitchers in New Jersey and considered to be in a “class of his own” according to the Newark Evening News. His success on the mound provided opportunities to sign with either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Brooklyn Dodgers organizations. He chose instead to attend the University of Vermont on an athletic scholarship, making Ed the first of his family to attend college. In his later years, he said this was the smartest decision of his life. Ed captained the 1951-52 University of Vermont basketball team, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in History. In August 1952, he joined the United States Army and served in the Korean War as a field communications specialist with the Signal Corps. Following his military service commitment, Ed went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in History from Seton Hall University.
Ed met Mary Wiles in 1956. They wed in June 1957 and were married for 65 years. They first lived in Roselle, N.J. before purchasing a home in nearby Clark Township, where they raised four children, Wayne, Carolyn, Nancy, and Edward (Ted). Mary and Ed lived in Oak Ridge Road until 2009 when they moved to Kingwood, Texas, where they lived for the next thirteen years. Ed was a devoted husband and father, who was affectionately known as “Opa” to his children and grandchildren. He taught history and social studies at Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, N.J. for 35 years, while also coaching varsity baseball and women’s varsity tennis. He had many interests, which included gourmet cooking, gardening, flower arranging, international travel, and crossword puzzles/word jumbles. Ed especially enjoyed following professional baseball, in particular the N.Y. Yankees and the Houston Astros. During his retired years, he was a lector at St. Agnes Church in Clark, NJ.
Ed was predeceased by his wife, Mary; parents, and eight siblings. Surviving Ed is his children and their spouses, Wayne and Cheryl Jasinski, Carolyn and Gary Gildersleeve, Nancy and Thomas Marian, Edward (Ted) and Kristine Jasinski; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Francis Lichowid.
Ed’s family will be forever grateful to the staff of Sunrise Villa Tuckahoe Assisted Living, Affinity Hospice Care, and Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (Richmond, VA) for the loving and compassionate care they provided to “Opa” during the last months of his life.
A scholarship has been established in Ed’s memory at Hillside High School for a college-bound member of the baseball team. Memorial gifts to honor Ed can be sent to Hillside High School, 1085 Liberty Ave, Hillside, N.J. 07205, attention: Belinda Frazier (bookkeeper). Please include “Ed Jasinski Baseball Scholarship” on the memo line of the check.