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Edward Petrone

October 6, 1933 — October 27, 2022

EDWARD PETRONE TRIBUTE

BECAUSE OF (Dear Old) Dad

I John 3:1

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.”

Because of Dad:

As a child, it was easy to understand that our Heavenly Father could lavish His love on His children, because Dad did.

Because of Dad:

We learned to pray.  On his knees beside his bed we saw him pray daily---for each person ‘by name’.  YOU were prayed for!

Because of Dad:

We learned to love music—we fell asleep each night to the beautiful hymns he played on the piano

Because of Dad:

We learned to love being in the house of God and were in awe of Dad as we watched his Sunday School perfect attendance pin grow longer each year and wondered if ours would ever be as long.

Because of Dad:

We enjoyed singing songs of praise with all the other children in Sunday School as Dad led us from the piano.  We still remember these songs (and the motions) and still sing them today with our own little ones

Because of Dad:

We learned to be aware of and assist those in need.  I remember when he and mom first traveled to our house in Hewitt.  They drove by the Long Pond Iron Works historical preservation site in Ringwood.  He noticed a ramshackle building along the roadside and asked us if we knew who lived there -- and if we could bring them some food!

Because of Dad:

We learned about generosity.  He and mom would gather necessities and home baked goodies and deliver them to the shut-in ‘Old People’ from their church and neighborhood.  (They were still doing this into their 80s)

Because of Dad:

We learned that each family member is precious and we saw how with tenderness he welcomed each new life that was added to our family.  He loved babies! 

Because of Dad:

We learned to be neat as a pin.  Well, Lynn learned.  I’m still working on that.

 

 

Because of Dad:

We learned to have a sense of humor and appreciate his.  Some favorites:

                “I was very young when I was born.”  J

                “I was so poor I couldn’t even pay attention”—“I had a bad case of ‘fundsalo’”  J

                                “Grandpa, my friend is getting married.”

                                “Is he happy?”

                                “Yes.”

                                “Well, then, why is he getting married?”  J

“Before I was married I was incomplete.  After I was married I was finished! ”  J

Because of Dad:

We learned that:  ”for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, ‘til death do us part”  actually meant something—he and mom  cherished each other for 64 years!!

Because of Dad:

We learned to laugh and play together.  He refurbished bikes for his grandchildren, taught them to play bocce and horseshoes, Uno, Skip Bo  and ‘Baseball’ -- a dice game he created as a child.

Because of Dad:

We learned to love God’s word and hide it deep in our heart.  He read his Bible every day and did not hesitate to share God’s Word with anyone who would hear.  His greatest desire was that ALL would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and rejoice in His gift of redemption, forgiveness and eternal life through His name.

Because of Dad:

We learned to work hard and with integrity.  The lone ‘bread winner’ for a family of 6, he would rather lose his job than be forced to lie, cheat, embezzle  and fudge the books when his boss threatened to fire him if he didn’t.  Dad was let go.

Because of Dad:

We learned to trust God in all things and for all things.  He was hired into a better job the very next day!

 

 

 

Because of Dad:

We saw him use his gift of making music to the glory of God on the piano—anywhere he was invited to do so—private homes, nursing homes, hospitals, churches, weddings, funerals, worship services.  He never accepted a cent.  It was his gift from God poured out back to God for His glory.  No one could play like him.  I Chronicles 29:14  “Everything comes from you, God, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

Because of Dad:

We learned that families make music and sing together in praise to God.  We were not the VonTrapps, but the Petrone Family sang together as a sextet in church.  These lyrics we sang exemplify Dad and his legacy to us:

“Only One Life to offer, Jesus our Lord and King

Only one tongues to praise Him and of His mercies sing forever.

Only one heart’s devotion, Savior, oh may it be

Consecrated alone to Thy matchless glory

Yielded wholly to Thee.”

 

Dear Old Dad—a man after God’s own heart.  We thank you and we love you…

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Emerson Bible Church 162 Linwood Avenue, Emerson NJ 07630 201-262-2430

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Friday, November 4, 2022

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