Edward W. Fliegauf, 81, who was raised in Washington, NJ and later returned to the area he loved, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2021 at his home in Oxford, NJ, surrounded by his caring family.
Ed was born on September 24, 1939 in Easton, PA to the late Arthur and Evelyn (Wheeler) Fliegauf. As a young man, he often could be found exploring the countryside with his brother Roy on their Suzuki 120 cc off-road motorcycles.
Ed graduated from Washington High School in 1958. He went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Kentucky. There, he also developed a lifelong love of Kentucky Wildcats basketball and, improbably for him, bluegrass music.
Ed married his loving wife Kathleen (Baran) Fliegauf in 1966. They lived in Virginia for a time, and then settled in Berkeley Heights, NJ, where they raised two sons.
Ed was a Certified Public Accountant, beginning his career at one of the "Big Eight" accounting firms, and then worked for Lipton Tea Company, Unilever, and GPU Nuclear. In 1997, he returned to Washington to open his own accounting firm, Edward W. Fliegauf LLC. He was a member of the Washington Kiwanis Club, and a former executive board member of the Washington BID.
Ed was a voracious reader, poring through the New York Times and New Yorker Magazine. He also was a passionate soccer fan, holding season tickets to the New York Cosmos in the 1970s, and later often watching European soccer matches on cable television. He was known for his great sense of humor and good-natured ribbings.
When Ed and Kathleen returned to the Washington area, they moved to the old dairy farm where Kathleen had been raised. Ed was excited to discover that under the facade of the old farmhouse was a hand hewn log cabin dating back to the 1700s, with hatchet marks still visible. Ed had the log walls preserved, and created a unique and beautiful home.
After his retirement in early 2018, Ed spent many hours working on his tractor, "brush-hogging" the land and returning it to pasture. When pulmonary fibrosis robbed Ed of his ability to work the land, he made certain to spend his days at a window of the home he had built, gazing at the beautiful landscape where he had roamed as a child, and at Kathleen's beautiful flower gardens.
Ed is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen; his sons, Kurt Fliegauf and his wife Heidi; Greg Fliegauf and his wife Denise; his brother, Roy Fliegauf and his wife Theresa; grandsons, Erik and Matthew Fliegauf; and nieces and nephew Lisa Wildi, Michelle DeValle, and Chris Fliegauf.
Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Oxford, NJ and will be held privately by the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ed's name to the WESCOE FOUNDATION FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS, 229 N. Main St, Coopersburg, PA 18036, https://wescoefoundationforpulmonaryfibrosis.org/
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Warren Hills Memorial Home. To send an on-line condolence please visit www.warrenhillsmemorialhome.com
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