Edwin Doyle, a former Kearny councilman who served on the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission, died on June 16. He was 75.
He was elected councilman in the early 1970s when he was in his twenties. His father had also served as a councilman, and his brother, Norman, returned from a stint in Vietnam to become an Assemblyman from Hudson County in 1967 at age 28.
Gov. Brendan Byrne appointed him to serve on the Meadowlands Commission in 1975 at a time when the panel had enormous influence over development in the area.
Doyle’s presence on the commission became controversial in 1978 when critics challenged his residency. He occupied a MMDC seat reserved for a Hudson County resident, but actually lived in Little Silver, where his children attended school. Doyle claimed he also had an apartment at a business he owned in an industrial section of Secaucus.
In 1981, Doyle was a candidate to become executive director of the commission. The post eventually went to State Sen. Anthony Scardino (D-Lyndhurst), who left the Senate for the job. Byrne later withdrew his nomination for another term on the HMDC during his final months as governor amidst some legal controversies.
A successful restaurateur in North Jersey and New York City, Doyle owned several businesses, including Doyle’s Pub and The Fulton Street Café.
Doyle is survived by his wife of fifty years, Joyce, four children and four grandchildren.
A life celebration will be from 4-8 PM on Wednesday at the John E. Day Funeral Home in Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 AM at Holy Cross R.C. Church in Rumson.