Edwin J Betz (Eddie to friends, Uncle Buddy to family), age 82, passed away peacefully November 21, 2011 in Edison, NJ. Eddie was born in Brooklyn, NY. He went to St. John's University in Queens, NY. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954, after which he became an umpire in the minor leagues from 1955-1961. He was the youngest umpire to be promoted to the major leagues in 1961. Eddie then worked for the U.S. Postal Office for over 30 years. He always had a joke ready, and loved to make people laugh. He resided in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY until 2011. He rode his bicycle to Coney Island where he loved to people watch, shop and jump in the water. He will be remembered by his patriotic spirit, his love of sports, his generosity to many charities and organizations, his love of a good Brooklyn pastry, his very decorated patriotic bicycle, singing songs, and of course his sense of humor. Uncle Buddy was predeceased by his father Henry Betz, his mother Katherine Hickey Betz, his brother Harry Betz, his sister Catherine Greene, his brother Gerard G. Betz. He is survived by his daughter Tammy Thramann of Niwot, CO, her husband Jeff and grandchildren Hannah, Jake, Ella & Olivia. He is survived by his nieces & nephews, Gerard G. Betz II of Fairfield, Illinois; Jane D. Betz of Chicago, IL; Peter Betz of Hillsborough, NJ; Katherine Betz-Doherty of Mendham, NJ; James Greene, Michael Greene, Kevin Greene, Patrick Greene, and Dan Greene all of PA. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2-4 pm and from 7-9 pm November 28th at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ. A Mass will be held November 29th at 10:15 am at St Francis Cathedral, 32 Elm Avenue, Metuchen, NJ, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, East Brunswick, NJ. As all his close family and friends know, Uncle Buddy loved baseball, sports and anything patriotic. He touched the lives of many with a smile and a laugh and will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers the family has requested you give a donation in his name to one of his favorite charities: The Wounded Warrior Project.