It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Joseph Hackett announces his passing on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the age of 73 years old. Known to friends and family as Ed, he is survived by his daughter Lauren Hackett and son in law Christopher Melvin, son Christopher Hackett and daughter in law Melissa Bartholo…read more
It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Joseph Hackett announces his passing on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the age of 73 years old. Known to friends and family as Ed, he is survived by his daughter Lauren Hackett and son in law Christopher Melvin, son Christopher Hackett and daughter in law Melissa Bartholomew Hackett, and daughter Stephanie Borbas and son in law Sandor Borbas. Ed’s grandchildren Barbara Hackett and Alexander, Isabelle and Sophia Borbas will miss their Papa who adored them with all his heart. He is also survived by his former wife Martha Hackett.
Though his family mourns his loss, they take comfort in knowing that Ed has joined Christine, his beloved wife of 20 years who he lost to cancer in October 2017. Ed and Christy dreamed of a retirement in the sunshine but both were taken from the world too soon to see it through. Ed and Christy had a beautiful life together and adored spending time with their grandchildren who were the light of their lives. They loved hosting family gatherings, having their “picnic” dinners at home, and spending time on the beaches of Cape May and Puerto Rico, adult beverage in hand, as often as they could get away. They are reunited and together at peace with their beloved Felix and Poopito.
A Bronx boy to his core, Ed was a self-made man who built up his business over several decades. He modestly referred to himself as a “poor, dumb, exterminator” but it was his hard work and perseverance that served as the foundation for the success of his family. He never said no to his family and could always be counted on to be where he was needed in about seven and a half minutes. Ed was an avid golfer who loved to be out on the links, rain or shine and always walked the course. He was well liked and had a smile and some conversation for everyone that he met.
For nearly a year Ed’s health was in decline and he was ultimately diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. It was especially difficult for Ed to slowly lose his independence and rely on others for his care and wellbeing, as he was a strong man who rarely sat down and was often the first call when someone needed help. He passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family.
Due to the restrictions on gatherings related to the spread of the coronavirus a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to the ALS Association http://www.alsa.org.hide