KENILWORTH, NJ - Edward Pryor, a Second World War veteran and resident of Kenilworth for over 30 years will turn 100 on July 30.

He now resides at the Cranford Rehab and Nursing Center. To honor Pryor's birthday on July 30 at 1:00 p.m. the center has arranged a drive-by celebration with the Cranford and Kenilworth police departments, followed by a small ceremony with the mayors of Cranford, Kenilworth, and possibility Elizabeth.

Pryor was born in Elizabeth and lived there for 66 sixty years before moving to Kenilworth.  He was in Kenilworth for 32 years before moving to the Cranford Rehab and Nursing Center. While living in Elizabeth Pryor worked for Simmons Beauty Rest and after 30 years of service, he retired. In Kenilworth, he worked for the Arc of Union County as a driver and at Saint Theresa’s School as a custodian.

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When asked what is Pryor's secret to longevity his son-in-law Joe Kratzer said “I think it is to just take life as it comes and don’t sweat the small stuff.” Kratzer also mentioned that his father-in-law always goes with the flow. “He never lets anything bother him. In the 47 years that I've known him, I have never seen him stressed out.” His daughter Diane Pryor Kratzer emphasized “My father is a kind-hearted man with a beautiful smile. He always did his best to take care of his family.”

Pryor, not only a WWII vet, has many commendations and fought in campaigns all around the world. The family is very proud and as Kratzer states, “my father-in-law has seen a lot of action.”  Pryor has received the following medals and fought in these listed battles. 

Medal of Freedom

WWII American Campaign Medal

Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

National Defense Medal

Philippine Independence Medal 

Good Conduct Medal

WWII Victory Medal


Battle of Kiska

Battle of Kwajalein Islands

Battle of Okinawa

Battle at Attu

Battle at Leyte, Philippines