EDWARD J. BRENDLINGER was born in Camden on May 20, 1927 to Edward and Myrtle Brendlinger. The family, which included an older sister named Myrtle after her mother, had moved to Camden shortly before he was born. The 1930 Census shows the family living in the Poets' Row section of North Camden, at 235 Byron Street. Next door at 237 lived the Harry Janice Sr. family, son Harry Janice Jr., a few years older than Edward Brendlinger, later served on the Camden Board of Education and was politically active much of his life. Another son, Richard Janice, followed Ed Brendlinger onto the Camden Fire Department where they both served many years. 

The Brendlingers had two more children after the 1930 Census, Fred and Kathleen. The elder Brendlinger supported his family as a sign painter.

After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Edward Brendlinger returned to Camden. The 1947 City Directory shows him living with his wife, the former Harriet Holshue, at 439 Chambers Avenue  

in South Camden. His parents had left the city, eventually moving to Maple Shade. By 1959 the Edward and Harriet Brendlinger had moved to 1104 Fairview Street where they lived into the 1980s. They later moved to Bellmawr, New Jersey.

On December 29, 1950 Edward J. Brendlinger was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He reported for duty on January 1, 1951. Edward Brendlinger was serving with Rescue Company 1 in 1963.

On December 1, 1965 Edward J. Brendlinger was promoted to the rank of Camden. He served with Engine Company 10 in the early 1970s. He retired exactly 16 years later, on December 1, 1981. He apparently ran an electrical contracting business out of the Fairview address for several years.

Edward J. Brendlinger died on October 10, 2003, survived by his wife, three children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his younger brother and sister.

 July 18, 1960- An industrial accident with a fatality, at the Cooper River at Baird Avenue. A Front end loader flipped off the embankment pinning the operator underwater. 

In the foreground without shirt: Battalion Chief William Deitz, 2nd Battalion, who first arrived at scene and attempted rescue of operator. Members of Rescue Company 1 are Fireman Edward Brendlinger (kneeling on the machine's wheel) and Firemen John Mogck Jr. and James McGrory in the boat. Battalion Chief Deitz would later be killed in the line of duty and Fireman John Mogck would become Chief of Department.

Captain Edward Brendlinger of Engine Company 10
with Battalion Chief Thomas McCabe of 2nd Battalion
at a Fourth alarm fire in South Camden, 1971

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Publication date: 10/12/03

On October 10, 2003, age 76, of Bellmawr, NJ.
Beloved husband of Harriet E. (nee Holshue). Loving father of Carol H. Siwakowski of Gloucester, Edward J. Jr., of Bellmawr, Kathleen G. of Bellmawr. Grandfather of Edward J. Correll of Bellmawr, Carol Ann Correll of Gloucester, Patricia Krumin of West Collingswood Hts. Great-grandfather of Jordan Correll, Tyler Correll, Kira Correll, Alyssa Tomasetto, Amber Krumin. Brother of Frederick of Sewell, NJ, Kathleen Vitosky of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Mr. Brendlinger was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. He retired as a Captain for the Camden City Fire Department, and was a member of VFW Post 7410 in Bellmawr.
Relatives & Friends of the Family are kind
ly invited to attend His Visitation Monday evening 7 to 9PM and Tuesday morning from 10 to 11AM at the Funeral Home of INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Rd., Pennsauken, NJ 08109. Funeral Service to follow at 11AM. Interment Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ.