Ni fheicimid a leitheid aris, we won’t see his equal again. Edward Joseph “Eddie” Sisk III took enormous pride in his family, his faith, his Irish heritage, and his service to others. He was a devoted husband to Helena, a dedicated father to Edward Joseph IV and his wife, Megan; Nicholas Dominick and his wife, Amy; and Erin Marie and her husband, Craig. He beams with pride as a heavenly grandfather to Elizabeth May, Patrick Finn, and Nils Edward, with two more on the way.
In 60 short years, Eddie led a full and accomplished life. He met the love of his life at age 15. They dated, married, raised a family, and continued to grow in love through their 37-year marriage. Eddie was a loyal brother, cherished brother-in-law, and proud uncle to 22 nieces and nephews.
Eddie had many passions and dedicated his life to his family, his community service, and the Elizabeth Fire Department (EFD). Eddie joined the Elizabeth Fire Department in 1980 as a 3rd-generation fireman; he ascended the ranks, making captain in 1989, appointed fire director in 1993, battalion chief in 1995, deputy chief in 2002, and chief of the department from 2003 until he retired in 2010.
In 2007, Eddie took immense pride in swearing in his sons, Eddie and Nick, as 4th-generation EFD firefighters, continuing a family honor and tradition. He was instrumental in coordinating the EFD’s mutual aid response to New York City following the 9/11 attacks. Ed was a past president of Elizabeth IAFF Fire Officers Local 2040. Ed continued in his dedication to civil service as a contractor and subject matter expert for the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.
Eddie was dedicated to volunteerism in his community. He was a board member at Roselle Catholic High School (Class of 1975), running fundraisers and coaching girls’ softball from 2003-2015 for the school. Ed was a dedicated parishioner to St. Genevieve’s RC Church and an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council #253 and the 200 Club of Union County. Eddie volunteered with youth sports with St. Adalbert’s, St. John the Apostle, North Elizabeth Little League, and Elmora Youth League.
Eddie found great joy in combining his Irish heritage with his desire to give back. He is a past president of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County, a major organizer for the Roselle Catholic St. Patrick’s Day Dance, and was named Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s Distinguished Serviceman of the Year.
Eddie’s family loved him more than they can articulate and miss him that much more. As a family, they move forward with compassion, patience, and understanding, just as Eddie would.