EDWARD A. PIKE JR. was born on February 9, 1956 to Edward A. and Alma Pike. He lived in and around Woodbury for many years, and by 1975 made his home at 1372 Burkett Avenue in West Deptford. In the late 1980s he was hired as a boiler operator by the Housing Authority of the City of Camden and spent the rest of his life working for that agency, for about twenty in a supervisory capacity. Ed Pike was married at one time, a daughter came from this marriage, which had ended in the early 1990s. Around 1993 he began a relationship with a co-worker, Mary Foster, which ended when she died of cancer in November of 2010. The following year Ed Pike was diagnosed with lung cancer. He continued working until mid-December, when his illness made that impossible. Ed Pike passed away on January 13, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents, and survived by his daughter and granddaughter.


I had the privilege of working with Ed Pike at the Housing Authority of the City of Camden for almost 20 years. He was a hard worker, extremely knowledgeable in his field, and more than that, was an honest and a good man. He made the best of a job situation where the cards were stacked against him, and despite that, never faltered in his duty as a public servant. He will be missed by many outside his immediate family, and I am one of that many.

Phil Cohen
January 2012