In Memoriam: Ed Skurna (1939-2020)
The Mahwah Museum is saddened to report the death of Ed Skurna on February 9.
Ed Skurna was a member of the Mahwah Museum model railroad volunteers for the last 10 years. He loved anything associated with railroads and, using his background in education to shared that knowledge with young and not-so-young visitors to our railroad exhibit. Ed was also a generous benefactor to our museum. Many of the highly-detailed and interesting locomotives that we use on both our HO and O gauge layouts are gifts from Ed. Thanks to his dedication to railroad history, we were able to recreate the laying of the Golden Spike on our railroad for its 150th anniversary. His last gifts to us were the two locomotives that were involved in the Great Locomotive Chase in the Civil War. His wish was for us to recreate that event on our layout.
Ed was a teacher in Montvale, NJ at the Fieldstone Middle School for 35 years teaching math and science. He received his teaching degree in what is now William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Among his many other interests were astronomy and music. He has been associated with music since his days in high school playing the trombone. He particularly liked marches and concert band music. He has played in the acclaimed Gloria Band, the Saddle River Concert Band, the Waldwick Concert Band, and the AU Men’s Club Band in Wyckoff, NJ.
Ed had no family, but his fun-loving personality will be missed by all of the friends he made through his association with music and model railroading. We will miss him greatly.
Services will be held on February 17, at the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, 1 Main Street, Franklin, New Jersey 07416, from 10:00 to 12:00. Donations in Ed’s name can be made to: Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette, NJ or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.