27 September, 1945 – 10 January, 2020
Edward Mertz, 74, passed away on January 10, 2020. He was born in the Bronx and lived most of his life in Flushing before moving to Croton-on-Hudson, NY in 2014. With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union, he worked his entire 42-year career at Sperry/Unisys/Lockheed Martin Corporation. Ed was an avid sailor, fisherman, line dancer, and runner, completing several marathons including the New York City Marathon. He loved classical music and was a very active member of the bird-watching community. In retirement he became a semiprofessional nature photographer, exhibiting works at Teatown Lake Reservation Nature Preserve and Education Center, Rockefeller State Park, and the New York Hall of Science. He also produced an annual calendar featuring his photographs. The pictures from his 2020 calendar will be on display through the end of February at Teatown. He is survived by his sister Janet Mertz (Jonathan Kane) of Madison, WI, nephews Daniel Kane of San Diego, CA and Jeremy Kane (Allison Young) of Baltimore, MD, and grandnephew Reuben Kane of Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Saw Mill River Audubon or Teatown.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Laura and Doug Young
22 January 2020
We had an instant connection with Ed, when his nephew, Jeremy, introduced us in Washington, D.C., in October of 2011. We became family when our daughter, Allison, married Jeremy a few years later. We so enjoyed our adventures with Ed in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, and to Idaho in 2017 to experience the full solar eclipse. Ed was always ready and eager to discuss bird migrations, flora and fauna of different ecosystems, insects, ferns, etc. He had such an eye for nature photography! Ed was a kindred spirit and a brother to us. You will always be in our hearts!
16 January 2020
I met Ed years ago through his long time friends John and Kathy Morgan from Granby, CT. When Ed came up to Granby, CT to visit with John and Kathy, he would always bring a ton of bagels and lox and cream cheese and other spreads for breakfast/lunch from his local bagel shop. Add in his love to talk about almost anything - birds, his photography, the stars, sailing - a good time was had by all.
I was fortunate enough to go on several sailing trips with John, Kathy, and Ed.
Ed was John's trusted second mate on the boat, but Ed was the one in charge when it came to the fun times of fishing off the boat.
Ed loved to visit Mystic Seaport evidenced by his yearly membership there. He had an appreciation for the old whaling boats and their history.
I will miss seeing Ed on his visits to Granby, CT.
16 January 2020
I miss Ed already. He was a kind, caring, wonderful neighbor and a joy to see around Half Moon Bay, on his walk or in the jacuzzi in summer, marvelling at the sunsets and the beauty of our surroundings. Our deepest condolences to his family.
15 January 2020
He will be missed
11 January 2020
I am saddened by this news, but happy to have known him. He was so pleased about his move to Croton, it brought us a new appreciation of the everyday beauty we could take for granted there.
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
IN THE CARE OF