Edmund Zazzo

Edmund A Zazzo

Monday, February 21st, 1944 - Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
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The toughest man to ever walk this earth, Edmund A. Zazzo Sr., made the executive decision in the early hours of the morning on June 17, 2020, that he "had enough." Ed was generally restless and decided he had spent enough time staying still in this life and was ready to move on to the next. Today, he reads these words through the hearts of both family and total strangers, and is now rolling his eyes, waiting for us to "just get on with it."

The center of the world was born on February 21, 1944, to Joseph and Mary Zazzo in Trenton, NJ. The best car salesman New Jersey has ever seen started his career at his father's dealership, Parkside Motors, in Bordentown, NJ. There he learned the foundations of due diligence, perseverance, and how to make an easy buck.

From there, he moved on to work at many car dealerships in the area, blessing them with his appetite for a good laugh, before he landed the GM position at Hamilton Chrysler in Hamilton, NJ. For some reason, it took him up to this point to realize that he didn't want to work for anybody but himself. He then branched out to start his own dealership with his brother Joe, and thus the famous Z&Z Auto Brokers in Robbinsville, NJ, was born. Z&Z was fruitful for his family and the community and thrived until Ed's retirement in 2014.

In 1966, Ed married his wife Suzanne (Lawrence), who managed his stubbornness and energy for a blissful 54 years. Ed is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, although rank and operations are unknown as all of his activities are still considered classified, maybe. Some say his service prevented WWIII; however, that will remain a mystery to history.

Edmund Zazzo lived a life with no regrets, even though there was much more he wanted to do, more stories to tell, and new cars to drive.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary, and his brother Joe.

Ed is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue (Lawrence); his sons Edmund A. Zazzo Jr. (Barbara) and Jeffrey Zazzo; his four grandchildren Connor, Spencer, Michael, and Melissa; his sisters Dolora Platt (Dane), Patricia Kiernan (Jack) and his brother's wife Gloria; his many in-laws, nieces, and nephews who were more like best friends than family; and countless good friends. All who knew Ed were touched and inspired by his presence, and he loved them back deeply.

(This is something he would need his children or grandchildren to help out with, so reach out to yours if you need help donating.)

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in lieu of a funeral.

A donation can be made to the American Diabetes Association in his name. For more information on donations, please refer to: https://www.diabetes.org/donate
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Denise Fox

Posted at 10:14am
I remember the caring side of Eddie. about 45 years ago I was driving with my 2 little boys in the car and I had a flat tire. I called my husband at work and he said what can I do about it. I was upset and called Eddie. He came out, changed my tire and then called my husband and told him he should buy his wife new tires.
My deepest sympathies to Sue and the boys.

Denise Houssell Fox

Linda Ialacci

Posted at 04:12pm
Ed Zazzo was unforgettable - my husband and I met while working at Hamilton Chrysler-Plymouth back in 1980. We were just 18 year old kids - he was a lot man and I was the evening receptionist. Eddie saw that he was occasionally flirting with me and he started bugging my husband (Joe) to ask me out. Eddie was actually pleading with him! (Joe was going to do it, just in his own time.) Once, Eddie tried to sweeten the deal by telling Joe that if he asked me out, he'd give Joe some of his banty chickens! I hope it wasn't because he doubted whether I was worthy on my own! He eventually did ask me out, but never got any banty chickens!

Eddie was a larger than life personality - we'll be telling the "banty chicken" story to our grandchildren one day!

To his family, Joe and I send our deepest condolences. It's our hope that you are comforted by the knowledge that people you never even knew will remember him fondly.
JL

Jane Lawrence

Posted at 06:31pm
Ed was one of a kind...devoted husband, father , grandfather...he always told it like it is..he will be sorely missed by everyone...a true original...Jane L.
MC

Marianne Chorba

Posted at 08:15pm
Sharing the 7th & 8th grade classroom w/Eddie at St. Stephen's was one adventure after the other. He had an advantage as when frustrated, he ran home! Many years later, we reconnected when both sons enrolled at St. Paul's school where I was principal. Sue, Eddie & Jeff, my thoughts & prayers for you as Ed is laid to rest. Sue, your place in heaven is a shoe-in! To Dolora & Pat & families, my thoughts are with you. I am fortunate to have fond memories of the Zazzo family!
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