Edwin Heck

Edwin J Heck

Tuesday, June 23rd, 1942 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Edwin J. Heck Ph.D., age 77 of Sayreville, NJ passed away peacefully on Monday, January 13th, his wife at his side. For the past 31 years Ed resided in the same house where he was born, a home built by his family. Before his retirement in 2003, he was employed for 40 years by the South River Board of Education as a High School English Teacher, Department Head and a K-12 Curriculum Supervisor. In his 50’s, Ed returned to college and received his Doctorate in English Literature from New York University. Ed Heck had a brilliant mind and a scathing wit, was an avid reader (and discusser) of Sci Fi, mysteries and literature. He also enjoyed teaching, writing, cooking (and eating!) and was a talented wood craftsman. Ed’s warmth and infectious laugh will be truly missed.

He is predeceased by his parents Edwin and Dorothy, his sister Dorothy DaSilva and his brother-in-law Jimmy Nevins. Surviving are his loving wife of 31 years, Geraldine Misiewicz, his children and their spouses Rebecca Heck and Andy Cannistra of Sleepy Hollow, NY and David and Robin Heck of Wilmington, NC his grandchildren, Amber, Linaé, Trystan and Lorelei, his sister Evelyn Nevins of Wyoming, his brother-in-law Joe DaSilva of Delaware and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 23rd from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Maliszewski Memorial Home, 121 Main St, Sayreville with a Memorial service at 8pm. A private cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Edwin’s name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at or to Shriners Hospitals for Children at
Letters of condolence, directions and completed arrangements may be found by visiting www.maliszewskimemorialhome.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Maliszewski Memorial Home
    121 Main Street
    SAYREVILLE, NJ 08872
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 8:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 8:00pm
    Maliszewski Memorial Home
    121 Main Street
    SAYREVILLE, NJ 08872
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Liberty Grove Crematory
    549 Morristown Road
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Private Condolence

Diane Molloy Rosiello

Posted at 05:05pm
Like other former students, I also have great memories of Ed's English class and how much insight and joy he brought to the subject. I will always remember his sparkling personality. My sincere condolences to his family.

Lauren Oliva

Posted at 09:36pm
Ed was a wonderful man with the most warm and lively spirit. I was lucky to have known him and he inspired me to always keep learning, reading, and questioning - both in our own interactions and also because he taught my father to do the same. You will be sorely missed Ed. All of my love to your family and friends.

John Oliva

Posted at 10:01am

I have known Ed Heck since 1978 when I first had him for my HS Sophomore english class. I loved his class, the wit and humor that Mr. Heck brought to that class and the respect that he showed for the opinions and ideas of his students. I loved it so much that I managed to have him for my english teacher for my subsequent Junior and Senior years.

After college, I took an apartment in Sayreville, NJ and low and behold it turns out that Mr. Heck is living across the street! We greet one another and he invites me in to catch up. We became fast friends as I struggle to refer to him as Ed rather than Mr. Heck. At that time I was engaged to Arlene Molloy and he was dating Gerrie Misiewicz (my former Computer Science teacher).

All of us had a wonderful time together with Ed as the chief instigator of marvelous discussions. Quite often our talks went on quite late with both Arlene and Gerrie falling asleep as Ed and I continued to talk on. I related and marveled at Ed’s curiosity and love of an incredibly wide variety of things (although not sports). Ed and Gerrie were kindred spirits with me in the love of trying to understand the people and world around us.

Ed and Gerrie attended our wedding and then we had the honor of attending theirs. We got together regularly to share meals and talk. They were there as our two children Lauren and Kristen grew up. They were honored guests at many of our family get togethers (barbecues, holidays, birthdays).

For a few years, Ed, Gerrie and I were regulars at the Princeton Unitarian Universalist congregation’s Food For Thought dinner/discussions. We loved it. Emeritus professor Enoch Durbin was the master of ceremonies for those discussions and brought in the most wonderful speakers covering a vast set of interests and disciplines. Nothing better than a good meal and good intellectual discussion.

At a later time, Ed, Gerrie, Dick Fuller and I started our own discussion group patterned loosely after Benjamin Franklin’s Junto Club - a club for mutual intellectual improvement. We took turns proposing books or articles for the group to read and discuss. This went on for a number of years and we all gained from the mutual exploration immensely.

Ed, Gerrie, Mike Bender and I would also frequently go to computer fairs throughout NJ during the 1990s and early 2000s. We would have a great time looking over the exploding field of personal computers, making fun of the some of the weird and wacky people that attended and having some great food afterwards. I miss those days with them.

There was also a period of year when I was pursuing my own business when I met with them regularly at the Borders Book Store in East Brunswick. They went there daily after work and held court at the food court with a wide variety of interesting and strange people. They were quite well known and spread their love of literature and life to those that knew them there. Often Ed would talk of great books and walk someone over to the shelves in the bookstore to get one of the books. They were both loved by the staff.

In recent years, Ed, Gerrie and I would meet at Barnes and Noble or Starbucks and continue our tradition of choosing interesting things to mutually read and discuss. We met up until Ed had his accident this past August.

Ed was a shining light in my life. An intellectual mentor with wit, wisdom and healthy dose of gastronomic adventurism. There are people that you happen to know because they are relatives or coworkers and there are people that you choose to know because they are friends and loving partners. I chose to know Ed (and Gerrie) and my life has been vastly enriched because of it.

Colleen Tierney

Posted at 07:13pm
Ed had a great sense of humor, and could have everyone laughing at his quick wit. He participated in the faculty art sessions which were held in the art room each month after school, bringing considerable talent to our endeavors. No doubt Ed will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Donna van Weeren

Posted at 06:56pm
He was the father and the teacher that we all wish we had. I only met Mr Heck a couple of times but I have been best friends with his daughter for the past 30 years and only a great man could have such a wonderful daughter. My deepest condolences to all of his family and many friends.

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