HOLMDEL, NJ - A lifelong and long-loved member of the Holmdel community, Ed Harris, tragically passed away due to COVID-19. Expressions of love and support have poured in to the family of this loving husband, father and local business owner. A Go Fund Me page has also been set up to great success, in support of his wonderful wife and the sons he cherished. 

A way to help the community honor Ed has been established to address the current challenge of gathering together - it's called a Memorial Drive. Here are the details:

A Memorial Drive past the Harris home has been planned for 2pm on Saturday, April 25th.

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The Holmdel Police Department will assist with traffic control and have offered the following instructions:

For the Memorial drive: 

  • Please do not get out of your car as we continue to practice social distancing. 
  • Turn on your hazard signals for the duration of the drive. Please be careful to leave room so not to block any driveways. 
  • All cars will line up on Apple Grove Drive. At 2pm the procession will begin and make a left onto Centerville Road, then make a right onto Sunrise Circle and a left onto Stoney Brook Road, passing the Harris Home at 11 Stoney Brook Road.
  • When you come to the Stop sign, make your left or right onto Centerville to exit.

The Go Fund Me page for the family was set up by Ed’s niece:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-the-harris-family-in-a-time-of-grief?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

https://www.evergreenmemorialfuneralhome.com/memorials/edward-harris/4191759/index.php

The Obituary for Ed Harris is here:

Edward Harris – 55, a life-long resident of Holmdel New Jersey, passed away on Saturday April 18, 2020 at Riverview Medical Center. Ed was born on March 11, 1965 in Red Bank New Jersey. After graduating in 1983 from Holmdel High School, he went on to get his Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Delaware. Soon after, he met his wonderful wife, Dina, and they were married in 1994. They decided to remain in his home community of Holmdel to raise their sons, Jeffrey and Nicholas. 

Edward was the proud owner of Holmdel Farms, LLC, a landscaping and nursery company that he put his heart and soul into for many years. Ed is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Joyce Harris, who were well known in the Holmdel community where they raised 7 sons. Ed is the beloved husband of Dina Masterpalo-Harris for 25 years. Ed is the devoted father to his exceptional sons, Jeffrey and Nicholas Harris. Ed is the loving brother to Joseph, David and wife Linda, Michael and wife Ann, Thomas, John, and Charlie and wife Julie. He is the cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews, to his Aunt Dorothy and Aunt Mavis and many cousins too. 

Ed had many joys in life, but the most joy he got was being with his wife and sons. His life revolved around his family and participated in every aspect of their lives, especially with sports. Anyone who knew Ed was well aware he was obsessed with sports. He especially loved to coach his sons and many other players in the AAU basketball league for many years.

Ed was also a constant supporter of Holmdel High School sports teams with a great love for the basketball and football teams of which his sons were outstanding players. Ed also was an outstanding athlete during his Holmdel High School years including in basketball and track and field, setting an unbroken Holmdel High School track record, to this date, for the 100-yard dash. Ed also loved to watch and play sports with his friends and was an avid Jets fan. Ed was the life of the party and everyone truly loved him. But above all his joys, however, it was his family that made him the happiest.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home 1735 Rt. 35 Middletown, NJ 07748. Due to the currently COVID-19 health crisis, visitation and services will be held privately for the immediate family only. Ed will be entombed at Holmdel Cemetery.