Edward Michael Spiegel, 81, died on January 29, 2021 in Pennsylvania. Edward was originally from Irvington, NJ where he grew up with his sister Civia Spiegel Yellin and parents, Fannie Waxman Spiegel and Ned Spiegel.
After graduating from Irvington High School (1957), he went on to attend and graduate from Rutgers University. Edward served in the United States Coast Guard. He was a retailer/co-owner of Fierstien Oldsmobile in Philadelphia, Levis Hot Dogs in Jenkintown, PA/Ocean City, NJ, The Smithville Zoo in Smithville, NJ, and This Place Rocks at The Barn in Bucks County, PA.
Edward Spiegel dedicated countless hours and many years to supporting youth athletics. He coached Little League Baseball for GYAC in Glenside PA and helped organize the JJBL in 1985, where he served as the leagues' first commissioner. Some may even remember him as Santa Claus, where he volunteered for many years to help bring joy to underserved children in Philadelphia.
An avid NY Yankees fan, he enjoyed watching sports, talking about sports, and playing along with Jeopardy! each evening. He loved boating, summer vacations, spending time at the shore, and being with his family. Edward married his wife after just 6 months of dating. The dynamic duo remained inseparable for over 50 years. Like most, they endured the highs and the lows, but were always at each other's side no matter what. His greatest joy had been watching his grandchildren play sports and perform in theater.
Beloved husband of the late Karen Spiegel (nee Fierstien). Loving Father of Neil (late Beth; Angie) Spiegel and Dr. Ian (Crystal) Spiegel. Grandfather to Ryan, Ricky, Evan, and Lucy Spiegel. Son of the late Fannie (nee Waxman) and Ned Spiegel and brother to the late Arlene ("Civia") Yellin. Uncle to Dr. Joel Yellin, late Dr. Lawrence Yellin, and late Nancy Yellin, and countless friends and family members whose lives he touched.
Due to the current health crisis, funeral services and Shiva will be conducted privately. In his memory, his family encourages friends and family to consider making contributions to The Rutgers University Yellin Family Biomedical Colloquium Fund. Please be sure to mark gifts as tributes to the Yellin Family.