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We are deeply sadden to announce the passing of Eduardo Coll Roman (Tony) of Newark, NJ. He passed away at age 70 on September 24, 2022 at CareWell Health Medical Center in E. Orange, NJ after a courageous battle with cancer.
Eduardo Coll Roman, known to many as “Tony”, was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1952 to Ana Celia Roman (mother: deceased) and Pedro Coll (father: deceased). At the age of 3, he and his siblings were relocated to the Bronx, NY where he grew up and was raised by his mother and step-father, Victor Ortiz (deceased). At the age of 18, he then moved to Newark, NJ where he settled and became a life-long resident. “Tony” fathered a total of seven children: Jeanette, Benny, Chrissey, Ricky, Eric, Michael and Brandon.
As a young adult he was a pigeon fancier and loved to fly his pigeons. He was an avid fisherman. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed working on all types of cars. His pastime hobbies included riding his unicycle, playing chess and fishing.
“Tony” held many job positions in his adult life which included maintenance, security guard, tailor, truck driver and mechanic. His last occupation before officially retiring was as a school bus driver for special needs children.
Through his many talents and eagerness to learn new skills, he became an entrepreneur and opened several businesses in his lifetime such as a thrift store called “Tony’s Fashion Boutique” where he sold vintage clothing and even tailored his own designs, a restaurant called “El Coqui Latin & American Restaurant” serving American and authentic Puerto Rican dishes, running a hot dog truck, a hot dog stand and later a mechanic shop. He was also a member of the Newark Auxiliary Police.
Tony was a man known to live on his own terms. He was courageous, he was a fighter and was not afraid of anything.
He is survived by his seven children, daughters: Jeanette Burgos and Chrissey Burgos, and sons: Bennett Burgos and his wife, Zahira Burgos, Ricky Burgos and his wife Veronicka Burgos, Edward “Eric” Roman, Michael Cardona and Brandon L. Roman. He was the grandfather of Téa A. Scott, Wynter E. Abrams, Ricky A. Burgos Jr, Ethan A. Burgos, Lilly N. Burgos, Ian N. Mazara, Angel C. Roman, Owen E. Roman, Ava R. Roman, Michael C. Cardona Jr and Amareli D. Cardona. He leaves to cherish is memory his siblings, Norma Coll, Pete Coll, Eddie (Tato) Ortiz and Harry Ortiz as well as a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Tony also leaves behind his beloved pomeranian, Timba, who he loved more than life itself.
His Visitation will take place on Thursday, September 29th, from 6pm - 9pm and Friday, September 30th, from 9-9:30AM. Following Visitation Friday there will be a Funeral Mass held in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Newark.
Final disposition private.