Edward Anthony Abriola Sr.

Edward Anthony Abriola Sr.

A devout family man, Edward cherished his role as a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was stern but deeply loving, always providing guidance with a firm hand and a compassionate heart. There was no gray area in Ed’s life – he saw the world in black and white, and his principles guided his every action. Ed found immense joy in his role as a reverend, delighting in officiating weddings and bringing laughter as he dressed as a clown, blending ministry with fun in a way that touched countless lives. He took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren play, valuing their imagination over material possessions and treasuring every moment spent with them. Television brought Ed moments of relaxation and enjoyment, particularly through shows like “FBI,” “NCIS,” and the uplifting melodies of Gather Christian Music. He was also known for his acts of kindness, whether it was cutting a neighbor’s grass or taking out their trash, embodying the spirit of generosity and community. At home, Ed was Mr. Fix-It, tirelessly working to ensure everything was in working order, though his own needs often came last. He met the love of his life Millie, on a serendipitous encounter through his brother. Their enduring love was a testament to their commitment to each other and their shared faith in Jesus Christ.

Edward is survived by his wife Millie, their 7 children, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Come celebrate 87 great years Monday June 17th from 9am to 10am at Sweeney Funeral Home, 337 Bridgeboro Street, Riverside. Interment to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.



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