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December 2, 1935 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Cryer, Edward, 87, of Plainview, longtime resident of Bethpage, passed away November 8, 2023. Loving and devoted husband of 63 years to Carole. Beloved father of Caroline Morgan and Amy Cryer-Hassett (Michael). Treasured grandfather of Maggie Freleng, Peter Freleng, Katherine Cryer-Hassett and Kevin Cryer-Hassett. Dearest friend of the late John Flood, who he considered a brother. Cherished uncle of Eric Flood. Edward was a passionate and dedicated teacher for over 35 years, retiring as the English Administrator for Bethpage High School. He was one of Long Island’s first teachers who pioneered and taught film media as a High School elective. Edward was a remarkable, brilliant man who was able to do just about anything. He ran track and field in high school and college, receiving the All City Hurdles Championship award for all of NYC. He ran against Olympians as a Freshman at Seton Hall University and was a Hall of Fame recipient for Track and Field at both Bishop Loughlin High School and Essex Catholic High School in Newark, NJ. Edward’s passion for track continued becoming a winning track coach at both Essex Catholic High School and Westbury High School on Long Island. He was a published writer and contributed to NYS English text books. His most recent article was published in Newsday. Beyond his writing background, he was also a math, financial and investing wizard. Edward had many hobbies including writing, acting, fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening, skiing, and gambling. He was a huge sports fan and enjoyed Broadway musicals and plays. He was also an owner of racehorses and enjoyed many days out on the track with his family. Edward loved traveling the world with his wife, their favorite places they visited was the French and Italian Rivieras and cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Tahiti. They also traveled as a family on many vacations and made many lasting memories. Edward was clearly a well-rounded, intelligent man, he was the perfect person to have in your corner when you needed a listening ear, lending hand, advice, or an optimistic outlook. All these amazing qualities and more made him a father figure to many. He was a true believer of feminism and taught his daughters and many other women the importance of independence. You would never hear Edward say a negative word about another person and he wouldn’t allow others to speak this way around him. Edward had a presence about him that cannot be put into words. When he walked into a room, a light was lit, he was sociable, funny, a practical joker and the life of every party. In true Edward style, the family would like to welcome you to share stories and celebrate the life of Edward Sunday, November 12th, 2-6 pm at Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc., 234 Broadway, Bethpage. Funeral Mass Monday, November 13th, 11:15 am at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church. Cremation Private. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Edward, please consider donating to the Bowery Mission NYC, which was near and dear to his heart; bowery.org.