Edward A. Jardim of Long Hill Township died on July 15 at Morristown Medical Center with his family at his side. He was 85.
The cause was respiratory failure due to COPD, according to his daughter Carla Jardim, a family physician in Hunterdon County.
As a writer and editor, Mr. Jardim devoted much of his professional life to the printed word. He started as a so-called printer’s devil at his father’s Portuguese-language newspaper, the Luso-Americano, in the Ironbound district of Newark.
Before receiving a degree in journalism at Temple University in 1957, Mr. Jardim worked as a copy boy at the Philadelphia Inquirer. His college studies were interrupted by a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army, including service in Korea. He returned to New Jersey later in 1957, eventually settling with his wife Joy in Long Hill Township, where they raised their six children.
After stints at several north Jersey newspapers, Mr. Jardim took a reporting job with the Courier-News in Plainfield. In 1969 he was appointed its night editor, managing a crew of reporters and editing their copy for publication.
In 1974 he went to work for the New York Daily News as a reporter and copy editor until opting in 1988 to return to the Courier-News. Over the years, he often “moonlighted” at newspapers such the Star-Ledger, New York Post, Bergen Record, Midnight Globe and others.
In retirement he was active as a freelance writer and editor, and, in early 2016, authored a book-length history of the Ironbound neighborhood. A few months later, Newark Public Library named Mr. Jardim one of “Newark’s Literary Lights” for his achievements as an author and journalist.
Mr. Jardim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joy (Menza), and six children, Edward Jardim and his wife Roselle, Claudia Jardim, Carla Jardim and her husband John Gattuso, Matthew Jardim and his wife Janice Perlin, Eleanor Jardim, and Thomas Jardim and his wife Karen Fountain, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Natalie and Tony Matinho, sisters-in-law Carol Menza and Florence Krystofiak, and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Thursday, July 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p..m, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Valley Memorial Funeral Home, 1012 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933. Mass Friday 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul RC Church, 250 Bebout Ave, Stirling, NJ 07980.