MARMORA – Family, local firefighters and the community mourned the death of Edwin G. Kooker, Sr., a 50-year member of the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company, at a funeral service Saturday, April 15.
After the service at the Godfrey Funeral Home in Palermo, Kooker was buried with military honors at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery in Cape May Court House. He died Friday, April 7, according to his obituary.
Kooker joined the Marmora fire company in 1966 and was recently recognized by Upper Township Committee and the Cape May County Board of Freeholders for his years of service. During his time in the Marmora fire company he served as a firefighter, communications officer, and captain. He also served on the District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners
According to the fire company, Kooker’s son Ed, Jr. and grandsons, Adam, Zachary, and Joshua, volunteer as Marmora firefighters. His legacy also includes Tanker 15-95, an R-Model Mack Tractor with an 8,000 gallon water tank, according to a release from the Marmora fire company.
“Ed was one of the spearheads of the effort to have a tractor-drawn tanker serve the residents and visitors of Marmora and surrounding areas,” according to the release. “Marmora’s tractor-drawn tanker could be seen all over Atlantic and Cape May counties responding to various communities requesting aid with Ed proudly at the wheel driving his pride and joy.
“He could also be seen throughout South Jersey at various parades showing what pride he had in the tanker and the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company.”
Kooker was a 1948 graduate of Ocean City High School. He worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company for many years before he retired in 1991, according to his obituary. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his children – Ed, Jr., Elizabeth Willan, Edwina Rahter, Evan John Kooker, and seven grandchildren.