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Eco Ed, Ridgewood environmentalist, dies in paradise


JUNE 18, 2015, 11:48 AM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015, 12:15 PM

RIDGEWOOD — Eco Ed’s final sojourn to paradise has ended.

In this file photo, Ed Schwartz poses before setting off to spend his final days in Hawaii.

Longtime Ridgewood resident Ed Schwartz, who earned his apropos nickname through his work as a sustainability expert, died early Thursday morning on the Hawaiian island of Maui. He was 47.

Eco Ed’s passing was confirmed on Thursday by Sharon Scalies, a close friend of Schwartz and his wife, Julie Tung.

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Scalies said that as Schwartz faded away, family and friends were here on the East Coast, “keeping vigil” for him.

Schwartz was diagnosed in late 2013 with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive form of cancer that ravages the blood-forming tissue of the bone marrow. In early May, he learned from his doctors he had just weeks to live.