SUMMIT, NJ - Edwin Roman, one of Summit's most familiar faces and beloved personalities, passed away October 18 at age 26. The circumstances of his passing have not been made public, and a GoFundMe site has been established to assist with funeral service expenses. The site has generated nearly $26,000 in the several hours since it has been posted.
The GoFundMe site's page states, "Many of us are still hurting over the news of our beloved friend, brother, classmate, neighbor and colleague Edwin Roman. Edwin was an exceptional, funny, witty, caring, and high-spirited human being. We will all miss Edwin dearly."
Roman and his twin brother Edward -- both Summit High School alums -- are known and adored by many, their personalities and positivity on display daily while working at Village Trattoria. The mostly private story of their health struggles became public when a GoFundMe site was established to assist them and TAPinto Summit profiled their challenges and the Hilltop City's community support in a main-page article.
Both Roman brothers were diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a defect in the heart muscle that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body and a condition that, ultimately, claimed the life of their mother three-plus years ago.
Intended to serve as a 'bridge-to-transplant', in early 2019 both brothers each received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). This device acts as a mechanical pump for the heart that can effectively pump the body's blood.
Edwin Roman is survived by his brother, sister, and father. TAPinto Summit will provide information on memorial services, if and when it is made publicly available.