On May 7th, 2015, Ed Zubrzycki passed away suddenly. He was 43 years old. Ed is survived by his wife Rachel and 4 children...Jake 10, Katie 9, Abbie 7, and Brynn 3. This fund is to provide support for his beautiful family. Family and Friends were everything to Ed, and now we have the opportunity to help Eddie's family through this difficult time. Please read on to learn about Eddie's life and how he touched so many people.
Ed was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and raised in Burlington Township, N.J. He graduated from Burlington Township High School in 1990 before attending Rutgers University, where he earned a degree in criminal justice.
He met Rachel Loyle through a mutual friend. She was immediately taken by his beautiful eyes, sincere smile, and ability to carry on a conversation as if he had known you for years.
Ed and Rachel were married on November 17, 2001 at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City, N.J. Ed is remembered as a supportive, understanding, loving and caring husband. Rachel fondly recalls his fun-loving spirit. He was always the first on the dance floor, especially when hip hop music was playing.
Ed and Rachel had four children: Jake, Katie, Abbie and Brynn, who meant everything to Ed. They were his world. He was a devoted, hands-on dad and cherished spending time with his children, whether coaching or watching their sports activities or taking them to an Eagles or Phillies game.
Nothing was more important to Ed than his family. He was incredibly proud of his wife and children.
To his parents, Ed was a devoted, loving and helpful son. He was special to them, and they admired him as a person, not just as their child.
His two older sisters felt blessed to have "Little Eddie" as their brother. He was a dependable sibling, and one who remained a steady presence in their lives into adulthood. They remember his compassion, as well as his fondness for clipping coupons.
To his nieces and nephews, "Uncle Eddie" was also an adoring godfather. He was involved in their lives and always wanted to hear all about what was going on at school and with their other interests, too. He was compassionate, and on the beach was "Wildwood's best sand digger" during summer trips to the shore.
Ed was hired in 1996 by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office as a detective and sent to the Burlington County Police Academy. He served in various units of the Prosecutor's Office, including the Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit and Major Crimes Unit. In March 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant. The walls of his office in the Major Crimes Unit were covered with drawings and cards created by his children.
Ed was admired professionally throughout the Burlington County law enforcement community. He was known by members of other agencies as someone who worked to bring focus and build cohesion during multi-agency investigations. In 2009 he was honored at the Prosecutor's Office's annual awards banquet for his outstanding ability as a homicide investigator.
A local police officer in Burlington County recalled that his department was always appreciative of Ed's assistance during investigations because he was an intelligent, thorough and effective detective.
Part of that success was attributed to his ability to communicate in an easy-going fashion that put others at ease. To his friends, "Eddie Z" was known as a helpful person who never failed to offer a kind word and a warming smile.
One friend recalled his first day as a freshman at Burlington Township High School in September 1986 after moving from another town. He was nervous about being at a new school and not knowing anyone when he heard a voice from behind him say, "Hi, my name is Ed. What's your name? Where are you from?"
A few simple words created the foundation of a lasting friendship. Ed consistently expressed a genuine interest in the lives of his friends.
"How are your kids?"
"What did you do this weekend?"
"Do you have a vacation planned?"
It was not superficial small talk. Ed cared about the people in his life.
He also cared about cookies and desserts, and was known around the office as someone who had a knack for finding snacks brought in by co-workers. His tactics for success were uncovered by a colleague who saw Ed tape the office birthday list next to his computer monitor. Ed would approach his co-workers on their special day and wish them the best. He would then ascertain if and when a cake would be served and make sure he was there to get a piece when it was cut.
Eddie Z. was a bright light in the world of many people. He was very highly regarded for many reasons by those who knew him well. He will be deeply missed.
Edward J. Zubrzycki is survived by his wife of 13 years, Rachel (Loyle) Zubrzycki, formerly of Absecon; four children: a son, Jake, and daughters Katie, Abbie and Brynn; parents Anthony (Ed) and Mary (Hughes) Zubrzycki of Burlington Township; in-laws Franklin and Dawn (Thomas) Loyle of Absecon; sister and brother-in-law Mary Theresa (Zubrzycki) and Tim Colbeck of Moorestown; niece Marissa Colbeck, nephew Luke Colbeck; sister and brother-in-law Jeanene (Zubrzycki) and Michael Stefanski of Cherry Hill; nephews Christian Stefanski and Julian Stefanski; sister-in-law Samantha Loyle; brother-in-law Ryan Loyle; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.