Edward "Big Ed" H. Treat passed away at home on 7/27/2021.  Ed was a pillar of the Association, serving as an officer for nearly 40 years, and was a life member.  Ed mentored many people in our Association and field and his impact is still felt today.  In addition to the EPWPCOA, Ed was also an active member and past officer in the PWEA and various other environmental organizations.  In his working career, Ed was best known as the Borough Manager at Myerstown for 31 years.  He was veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his discharge.  Ed was very active in the fire service and various emergency service organizations in the Reading, Myerstown, and Lebanon area having served in a number of positions at Keystone Hook and Ladder in Myerstown.  He is survived by his wife Millie, daughter Kimberly, his grandson, and two sisters.

 

David “Dave” Pyrz passed away on April 18, 2021 at the age of 65. Dave, a graduate of Ursinus College with a BA in Economics, was the co-founder of Pyrz Water SupplyDave, a graduate of Ursinus College with a BA in Economics, was the co-founder of Pyrz Water SupplyInc in 1978, working with his family for 42 years before retiring in December 2020. Dave was a member of the EPWPCOA since 1978. He was the husband of Jeanne (nee Dubell).  He is survived by his mother Ethel; 2 brothers; Joseph and Stephen; 3 sons; William, Robert and Brian and 4 grandchildren.

 

John D. Reiss passed away on on March 26, 2021 at the age of 60. He worked for the Borough of Emmaus in the public works department for 41 years. He was a firefighter for Emmaus Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years. He enjoyed camping and sitting around the campfire and loved spending time with his family, but especially loved his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, mother, son, daughter, and 4 grandchildren.

 

Stephen H. Blefgen passed away on April 2, 2020 at the age of 77. He was retired, having formerly served as a Civil Engineer and Resident Construction Inspector for Arro Consulting. Steve was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He joined the Association in 1990 and was awarded an RSL membership in 2016. Steve was still serving as the Treasurer of the Hamburg Municipal Authority at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two grandchildren. Steve shared his knowledge with many current Association members and will be sorely missed.

 

James G. Ryan passed away on March 4, 2020 at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by his wife. He joined the Association in 1976 and was employed by Hatch Mott McDonald at the time of his retirement.

 

Joseph J. McHugh passed away on January 10, 2020. A long time Association member, Joe retired in 2007 as Chief Operator for the Greater Hazelton Joint Sewer Authority after 40 years of service. He was awarded an RSL membership in 2017. Joe was a veteran of the U.S. Army and an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife, four brothers, two sisters, five children, and six grandchildren.

 

 

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