Norman F. Edge, long-time resident of Metuchen, NJ passed away on June 4, 2018. He was born on April 29, 1934 in Jersey City. He leaves a long legacy of living life to its fullest, spreading kindness and compassion, and sharing music. Norman served in the Army where he played in the Army Band, and also served in the National Guard for several years. While still in the service he met his long-time musical partner, Morris Nanton. That musical partnership, with Norman on double-bass, lasted over 50 years and brought joy to thousands.
In 1973, Norman married the love of his life, Jane. They have three children, Jennifer Edge, Jessica Edge Negrete, and Jonathan Edge and three grandchildren Sebastian, Simon, and Samuel. He loved his whole family fully and unconditionally. He was a family man. He had a large network of friends; once he knew you, you became family.
He was a long-time public educator in the Edison school system. He played in more orchestras and jazz bands then can be named in this space. He continued to take bass students privately.
It’s impossible to describe the life of Norman in a few lines. To know him was to love him. His super power was to see you for your best self. He shared his emotions willingly, laughing with gusto. He had a great capacity to see joy and beauty in all of God’s creations. His faith in his Creator was absolute. He was a rock for many people. To honor his memory, be kind to each other, listen to live music, and be open to joy. A few of his favorite charities include St. Jude’s and World Vision. Norman was a life-long Baptist, but for the past year had found a welcome home at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen. He truly admired their contributions to community, especially Habitat for Humanity. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1-4 pm in the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Rt. 27) Metuchen. To send condolences visit www.costello-runyon.com.