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Age
44
Community
Edison
Company
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Position
Chief of Operations for World Trade Center
Where Died
World Trade Center
EDWARD T. STRAUSS

Jane, Edward T. Strauss’ widow, is amazed it has been 10 years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

“Time passed very quickly,” she said. “We're doing OK. I just retired from the Port Authority. Justin is married and has two little girls.”

Justin, her 35-year-old son who lives in Old Bridge, has fraternal twin daughters, who’ll turn 6 in November. He and his brother, Edward, 22, miss their father terribly, Jane Strauss said, but “they’re stoic about it.’’

“We started a memorial fund called With Eddie’s Help,” she added. “The fund helps people in need. We’ve given to food pantries. We do things in his memory.”

Among the top priorities of the nonprofit organization -- Edward Strauss’ father is chairman of the board –- is helping victims and their families face the challenges of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease and pay for life-sustaining equipment. Edward Strauss’ uncle suffered from the disease for many years.

The foundation also helps the homeless, the Woodbridge Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, pays for scholarships at John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, which Edward Strauss attended, and also sponsors an essay contest for eighth-grade students of St. Cecelia’s in honor of graduate Edward Strauss.

Every August, the organization conducts a fundraiser to help support its many projects. The Ninth Annual Summer’s Last Call Party is slated for Aug. 26 at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach.

Edward Strauss, who lived in Edison and worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as operations chief for World Trade Center, was last seen on Sept. 11, 2001, with a bullhorn helping to evacuate thousands of people.

"There's comfort in knowing he was doing what he loved," his sister, Theresa Wood, said in an interview 10 years ago. “A big reason why 25,000 people got out of those towers was because of dedicated Port Authority people like Ed."

Edward Strauss’ younger son, called Eddie by his mother, also works for the Port Authority at the Staten Island Bridge.

“He’s carrying on the family tradition,” said Jane Strauss, who retired last year after a 30-year career with the agency. “That’s where I met my husband – we met at the Lincoln Tunnel.”

Jane Strauss says she’s proud of her granddaughters, Logan and Alicia. Though Logan has some health issues, Strauss said she knows it will work out because her husband helps the newest members of his family.

“We feel he’s watching over them,” she said.


- Carol J. Kelly

Details
He had a bullhorn and was helping to evacuate thousands of people from both towers.
Family
Wife, Jane; two sons, Justin and Edward; twin granddaughters, Logan and Alicia; parents, Edward and Virginia Strauss; three other sisters, Barbara Eicholtz, Gia Strauss Teeple, and Veronica Strauss Johnson; brothers, Jay and Vincent Strauss.
 

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