Edward John Ortman (1923
John Ortman, a resident of West Palm Beach, FL for
more than 20 years, passed away September 11, 2011
following a mercifully short illness. In dying on his
wedding anniversary, he joins his wife Rita Redmond
Ortman, who predeceased him in December 2010. Edward
previously resided in Tappan and Queens, NY.
Ed was born in New York City in November 1923 and is
survived by his sister Elizabeth of Bradenton, FL., his
children; Patricia Brinster and her husband Wayne of
West Milford, NJ, Robert and his wife Alice of Tappan,
Thomas and his wife Mia of Austin, TX and Daniel and his
wife Linda of Dallas, TX; and seven grandchildren
(Steven, Karen, Jon Daniel, Annie, Samantha, Megan and
Emma). A mechanical engineer by training and
graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at
Kings Point he was a World War II veteran, serving as
Chief Engineer aboard U.S. Liberty Ships and later other
After he came
ashore, Edward worked as an Inspection and Safety
Engineer for the Port Authority of NY & NJ for 35 years
overseeing aspects of the bridges, tunnels, airports,
marine and bus terminals around New York City. Edward
traveled the world aboard the ships in his care,
continuing his travels for pleasure in the years that
followed with Rita.
The epitome of
stability, Ed was a loving father, caring husband and
good hearted man. Edward unfailingly cared for
Rita as she succumbed to the ravages of Parkinson's. He
was a good friend and helpful neighbor that the
community counted upon. His hobbies included researching
the stock market and health related topics as well as
gardening and home repairs.
Leaving a big hole in the lives of many, he will be
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10 am, at
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with
burial to follow at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont, NY.
Visiting hours will be Friday, Sept.16th from 2-4 and
7-9 pm and Saturday, Sept.17th at 9 am at the Moritz
Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox
Moritz Funeral Home
98 Route 303 South
Tappan, NY 10983
Published in the The Journal News on September 15, 2011
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