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January 28, 1947 - March 26, 2015

Burial Date April 2, 2015

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Edward Leonard Chiles (68) of Jersey City passed away March

26,2015 in Jersey City. He was the youngest child born to the late

Bishop Odia Rea Chiles and Mary Ella Andrews-Chiles . Leonard as he

was affectionally called by his family, attended and graduated from

James J. Ferris High School in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1966. On April

23, 1966 he married his high school sweetheart Ruth Phillips.

His professional career consist of working for the New Jersey Railroad

followed by owning his own variety shop located in Jersey City called

“The Unique Shop”. Edward was employed for the United States Postal

Service for 15 years. Mr. Chiles always loved working with his hands. As

a result, he became an independent satellite installer, which inspired

him to earn his license as a Master Electrician. Edward loved giving back

to the community; he created the Hudson City Contractors Association.

This Association formed a school, which gave ex-offenders and the

underserved population of Hudson County the opportunity to become

skilled tradesman and women. Leonard was also a New Jersey State

Assembly Member for many years.

Ed’s favorite past times were

assembling model cars, riding his motorcycle, going for long car rides,

playing the bass guitar, singing, dancing, traveling, and attending shows

at the theater, and enjoying the outdoors. He was also a member of the

singing group called “Muchie and the Novation’s” with his sister Majorie Chiles in the 1970s

Edward Leonard Chiles lived a full life and loved his family. He leaves to

cherish his loving memory his beloved wife Ruth, daughters Lori

“Candy” Chiles, Shamar Chiles-Darden (son in law Granger Darden), and

youngest child Zenneia Chiles. His surviving siblings Walter Chiles

(sister in law Helen), Marian Deadwyler, Betty Golden, Juanita Saunders,

and Gloria Lennon. Predeceased siblings, oldest brother Odia Rae Chiles,

Jr., and sister Fumilayo B Tumpe (Marjorie Chiles). Grandchildren

Charlette Chiles, Kadeem Edward Chiles, Deja Williams, Tyrea Wright,

Zayden Chiles-Venable, Zahier Chiles and Saniya Chiles. Great grandson

Deon Chiles, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Service Thursday April 2, 2015 Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from Mt. Zion FBH Church 79-81 Kearney AvenueJersey City, New Jersey 07305  from10AM-11AM   Service to follow Disposition is private.