Edward Porter Felt
41 years old
[Koorosh Nehchiri, a colleague of Ed Felt's at BEA Systems, emailed us with this information and added: "He is mourned and remembered by family and friends alike as he was truly an example of a noble, kind, respectable and intelligent human being. ... Let us keep his memory alive as long as it is possible."]
Ed Felt was a technical director for BEA Systems, a software firm in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. He was one of their "first employees, best engineers, and most respected and loved colleagues."
Born in Utica, NY, he graduated from Colgate and Cornell universities. He had lived in Matawan, New Jersey for the past 20 years.
He leaves behind a wife, Sandra Valdez Felt, two daughters, Adrienne, 14, and Kathryn, 11, his mother, two brothers -- Larry Felt of Syracuse and Gordon Felt of Remsen, NY -- three brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, five nieces and four nephews.
Click here for the obituary from the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
A scholarship fund has been established for Ed's children, Adrienne and Kathryn. If you'd like to make a contribution to this scholarship fund, please send a check payable to "Adrienne and Kathryn Felt" c/o: Randy MacBlane, BEA Systems, Inc., 140 Allen Road, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938. Funds collected will be used to set up a UTMA account for the benefit of the children's education to be administered by Sandy.
The family has also asked that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, in Ed's memory to either: American Red Cross (1-800-HELP-NOW) or Matawan United Methodist Church, 478 Atlantic Avenue, Matawan, NJ 07747.
For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's biography of Edward Porter Felt, click here.