ROSELAND, NJ — The Borough of Roseland will honor lifelong resident Edward “Big Ed” John Batta by lowering its flags to half-mast for two days after Batta’s sudden death on July 18 at the age of 82.
Friends and family are invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in the Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial, 9 Smull Avenue, Caldwell, NJ from 2 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 28 Livingston Avenue, in Roseland. Interment will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Caldwell.
Born on March 2, 1937 in Roseland, Batta attended Caldwell High School, where he met Virginia (or “Ginny”), his beloved wife of 57 years. He was the first in his family to attend college, obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Villanova University.
He was a proud veteran, having served in the United States Army, and was the National Sales Manager for Union Carbide prior to purchasing Plastinetics, a plastics fabricator in Towaco. Batta worked as the chief executive officer of Plastinetics until his retirement.
Batta served on the Roseland Borough Council, dedicated his volunteer efforts to overseeing the borough’s recreation department and sat on the Board of Directors of Annin & Company, the world’s largest flag manufacturer.
At the age of 14, Batta became a caddie at the Essex Fells Country Club (EFCC), lighting the spark that ignited his passion for the game of golf. He worked as a caddie and green staff member during high school and college and officially became a member of EFCC in 1966.
For more than 35 years, Batta served as chairman of the New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Caddie Scholarship Foundation. Under his leadership as president of the NJSGA, the organization raised more than $9 million and provided more than 2,500 New Jersey-based caddies with tuition grants prior to retiring from the foundation’s presidency in December 2016.
In October 2018, Batta was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame as a caddie administrator, citing his dedication to caddies and programs that have bettered the lives of many. In 2019, the NJSGA announced the Edward J. Batta Scholarship for $10,000 per year to honor Batta’s dedication to the foundation.
Prior to his wife’s death in May 2017, the Battas were active residents of Roseland, parishioners of “Our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament” Church and active volunteers for many community events over the years—including the Roseland Fair, where their Pony “Lollipop” was a town celebrity year after year.
Batta is survived by his four children, Susan and husband John; Lauren; Steven and his wife Maria; Virginia and her husband Brian; and his loving grandchildren, Matthew, Alison, Steven, Alexander, Caroline, Jake and Natalie.
“Mr. Batta was a lifelong resident who epitomized community service in our great borough,” said Roseland Mayor James Spango. “It is not only a great loss to the Batta family, but to our entire community. Our thoughts are with the Batta Family.”