Edward V. Willever Sr.

September 19, 1947November 1, 2012

Edward V. Willever, Sr., age 65, of Manassas, Virginia (formerly of West Belmar, New Jersey) was called home to the Lord on November 1, 2012. Born and raised at the New Jersey Shore, Ed graduated from Spring Lake Elementary School, Manasquan High School, and Lea College in 1971 with a degree in Education. A natural leader with a passion for community service, Ed enjoyed parallel careers as a police officer and as a volunteer fireman. Ed was a lifelong member of Goodwill Fire Company #2 in Spring Lake where he worked his way up through the ranks to Chief of Department. Ed was one of the first volunteer fire chiefs to make a presentation on fire prevention at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Los Angeles, California in 1994. Ed started his working career as a substitute teacher and special police officer in Spring Lake. Ed went on to serve as a police officer in Spring Lake Heights, an Assistant District Scout Executive with the Monmouth Council of Boy Scouts, a special officer with the Avon Police Department and was appointed a patrolman in Avon in 1973. Ed remained with the Avon Police Department for twenty-two years rising through the ranks to the position of captain before his retirement. Ed was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Valor for his heroic acts without regard to his personal safety.Ed was an esteemed instructor at the Monmouth County Police Academy. He created and directed the first satellite academy for the training of Special Officer Class I officers and was also a lead instructor for the Methods of Instruction program. Ed served as a state delegate from PBA Local #50, and was a life member of the New Jersey State PBA. Ed was also a proud member of Ocean Lodge #89, Free and Accepted Masons, Spring Lake Heights. Ed received many recognitions during his twin careers in volunteer firefighting and in law enforcement which included the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Community Award for his volunteer leadership in Little League, VFW Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award, New Jersey State Senate and Assembly Policeman of the Year resolution, the National Guard Bureau Minuteman Award, and the Past Chief Leadership Award from Goodwill Fire Company #2, Spring Lake. Following his retirement, Ed developed, implemented and directed two nationwide programs for the National Sheriffs’ Association, a National Church Arson Awareness Program and an Executive Level Program on Weapons of Mass Destruction. Well over 100 WMD programs were conducted nationwide training thousands of first responders on preparing for and dealing with the potential of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Following his successful tenure at NSA, Ed was retained by MPRI Corporation as head of Law Enforcement and Emergency Response Operations and did consulting work for other public safety organizations. Ed was married for 25 years to the former Kathleen Mary Strohmenger with whom he joyfully raised three beautiful children in Wall Township. Ed is survived by his sister, Edna Riel, Arizona; Kathleen, West Belmar, his daughter Stephanie Suzanne and her boyfriend, Mark Saari, West Belmar; his son Paul Edward and his wife Erin, West Belmar; and his son Edward V. Willever, Jr. (Bubba), his wife Courtney and their three children: Emma Elizabeth, age 5, and twins Madeline Hope and Mason Edward, both 18 months, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. An opportunity to pay respects will be held at Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 2 to 4 PM and from 7 to 9 PM. A Masonic Service is planned for 7:45 PM, Fire Department Service at 8:15 PM and Religious Service of Remembrance will be at 8:30 PM at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Trout Unlimited or Children’s Miracle Network.


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Masonic Service Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Fireman Service Saturday, December 1, 2012
  • Service of Rememberence Saturday, December 1, 2012

Edward V. Willever Sr.

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Stephanie Willever

June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day daddy. I miss you and love you so much. Not a day has gone by that you have not been thought of. I hold your memory close to my heart.
Love always and forever, your little girl - Steffie

Linda Foldvik

December 4, 2012

I first met Ed when he started working for National Sheriffs' Association.
We lost touch when he quit, and then had his surgery.
I called him a year after my husband died, June 2008. We talked about once a week and had the occasional dinner. He really helped me get through more adjustment to being a widow, and then a single woman again.
He always, always talked about his children and grand children. He adored all of you. And was so proud of the good adults you have all become.
He loved talking about your vacations, fishing...
He lit up like a Christmas tree when he talked about Emma (and the twins). Emma had him wrapped around her little finger. In protest to that statement, he told me this story: He was talking to Emma on the phone about 2 years ago and told her was going to go to McDonald's for coffee--they had a ritual of coffee, milk and snack for Emma. So, Emma gives the phone to mom and puts her shoes on. Big Ed explains to Courtney and she tells Emma that Grandpa is too far away. Well, Emma was not happy and let Grandpa know that the next time he called "I'm not talking to you." To get back in her good graces (Ed's words), he sent her a little package of goodies. I just love this story.

He loved all of you so much. Never forget that. Remember that your memories and stories will always keep Big Ed 'alive' and real. That is how we truly live on.
By they way, I love all the pictures you have posted. I know how much he hated to have his picture taken.
I, too, do and will miss Big Ed. I am grateful to call him my friend.

Kirby Langley

December 2, 2012

To Ed's Family and Friends:
No words can fully convey the whole message or comfort enough - and these words will fall short. But here is my effort. He invested time with me to be a good mentor and friend. He knew no strangers (loved to talk with people) and seemed to be prepared for just about everything (if it wasn't in his emergency truck pack - it wasn't necessary). I loved being around the man. Big Ed was just a great human being. My deepest respect and sympathy for your loss. He will be so very missed.

November 30, 2012

This is a loss no one can replace for my family.There is only one "BIG ED".His family was always #1 to him.Kathy was his biggest support and love of his life we should all be that lucky.To all his children who I love,You were his world ,I thank him for letting me into his heart as a dear friend.I will miss him .Denise Adams Wanamassa ,nj

Marty Smith

November 30, 2012

To the Willever Family – I had the office next to Ed for the past five years and came to know Ed very well during that time. We loved talking about outdoors, fishing, going out to Shenandoah, baseball, the differences between life today and the in “old days”, his adventures throughout life, and the family he loved. Talking with Ed was a guaranteed high point in what could be an otherwise long work day. Ed was rightly proud of how he had helped the world in his short time here – I only wish I could say the same. He was also proud and loving of his family and talked about all of you very often.

I miss him greatly as I'm sure you all do. I'm proud to say he called me a friend.

Mike Mechler

November 29, 2012

While it has admittedly been way too long since I have seen the Willever's, I have so many fond memories of Ed. He provided a second home and family to me as a teenager and some of the best times of my childhood were spent in his home. To the Willever family, I offer my condolences and can only hope the fond memories you have of your father, husband and friend assuage your grief. Missing you all, and wishing I could see you to reminisce about the goold old days!

Glenn Cutting-Retired Vermont State Police

November 28, 2012

I first met Ed when he was in Vermont presenting the National Sheriffs Association WMD training program 10 years ago. From the moment I met Ed I knew he was a very special man. When we spoke on the phone the first thing he would always ask is "how is your daughter" who was being treated for cancer. Family always came first with Ed. You are a very fortunate family to have known him. I wish we had more people like Ed Willever. God bless.

Courtney Willever

November 27, 2012

I am so grateful that I met your son because I would have never known the joy of knowing you and loving you. It's hard for me to believe that you are gone. So many things remind me of you. We are surrounded by your love everywhere we look. I am so sad that you are not here with us, but what breaks my heart the most is that my children only caught a glimpse of how amazing their grandpa was.I am eternally grateful for the time we did have together and I will cherish it forever. Thank you for enriching my life in so many ways and always being there when I needed you. You will live forever in our hearts…

Emma Elizabeth Willever

November 25, 2012

G-PA,,Thanks for being the best grandpa ever:) Thanks for letting me catch my first fish, taking me canoeing,kayaking,camping,rafting, and all the great campfires at the River.I am so glad all those firsts were done with you.All my great memories have you in them. You will always live in my heart,,ALL MY LOVE ,EMMA

Edward V Willever Jr.

November 25, 2012

Dad,My love and respect for you can not ever be put into words.I never went without,never missed a game,and always had you to provide guidence for all situations. Now,with children of my own,you have again amazed me with all your love and support as a Grandpa, Dad, and Best friend. I pray I can be as great a dad to my kids as you were to me.
All my love and respect,Bubba