TINTON FALLS, NJ--(Marketwired - Sep 18, 2013) - Edgar T. Coene, founder and chairman of Group C Media Inc., has died at the age of 83.
A self-made publishing entrepreneur and Korean War veteran whose career spanned 50 years, Coene launched two national trade magazines, Business Facilities and Today's Facility Manager.
Coene, of Shrewsbury, NJ, died on September 17, 2013 of congestive heart failure at Monmouth Medical Center, surrounded by his wife of 55 years, Patricia, and their three children, Susan, Ted and Trisha. He had six grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Jackie Stasiak.
Susan Coene and Ted Coene, co-Presidents of Group C Media, issued a joint statement Wednesday vowing to continue his legacy of innovation and public service.
"We stand on the shoulders of a giant who taught us through his example that any goal can be achieved if your vision is clear, you are willing to work as hard as you can no matter the obstacles, and you treat people the way you would want them to treat you," they said.
In 1991, Ed received the National Council for Urban Economic Development's top service award, citing his dedication to urban revitalization. In 1999, he received CUED's award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development.
Raised in Hastings on the Hudson, NY, Ed graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He entered the Navy in 1952, rising to the rank of Lieutenant j.g. and serving on the USS Cone, a destroyer that patrolled the coast of Korea during the war.
Ed remained active in his business, renamed Group C Media in 2008 and based in Tinton Falls, NJ, as Chairman Emeritus until his death.
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