NEW JERSEY, NJ - In a touching tribute to a man widely loved and admired, Governor Murphy honored Holmdel resident and family man, Ed Harris, as well as his surviving wife Dina and sons, Jeff and Nick, at the daily press conference on Tuesday.
With Harris' photo broadcast across the state and the world to see, Murphy shared a community remembrance. "Ed Harris, Look at him. (He) was born in Holmdel, the sixth of seven brothers when all that was around him were farms and even as the Township changed - one thing remain constant - and that was Ed." said Murphy.
The Murphy's have a special connection with the Harris family. It is where they have gone for their annual Christmas Tree.
Murphy said, "He owned a landscaping business Holmdel Farms which is well known by many locals including Tammy and 'yours truly' as the place where they pick out their Christmas trees - but Ed also loved sports and was an AAU basketball and baseball coach - community ran in his blood and again, Ed was just 55 years old."
"Ed leaves behind his wife of 25 years and I had the honor of speaking with her over the weekend - Dina and their two grown sons Jeff and Nick - and they were also on the call along with a strong extended family. To them Dina, Jeff, Nick and the whole family to everyone who knew and loved Ed, I hope the memories of him help sustain you through this trying time - you are all in our thoughts and our deepest prayers today God bless you pal." said Murphy.
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 Memorial Drive in honor of Ed Harris brought nearly 300 vehicles past the Harris home on Saturday, April 25th.
You can watch the governor honor Ed Harris below (at 9:30):
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.