Edward A. Riguardi, 85, passed away peacefully on March 5th with his daughter by his side. He was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Peter and Sarah (Butafaco) Riguardi. Edward also lived in Staten Island before moving to Little Silver.
Mr. Riguardi was a REBNY member for fifty eight years. He served on our Board of Governors and the Executive Committee.
Mr. Riguardi was affectionately known as the "Dean of Property Management" in New York. Before his retirement in 2008, Mr. Riguardi was Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle in the New York Transactions group where he was responsible for senior oversight of the management portfolio in the New York metro area.
Mr. Riguardi was a recipient of REBNY’s highest honors. In 2008, he received The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award. In 1983, he received The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award. In 1997, he accepted The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award. In 2003, he was the first ever recipient of The Commercial Management Leadership Award. In 2010, REBNY renamed the Commercial Management Leadership Award. It is now known as The Edward A. Riguardi Executive of the Year Award. He was widely respected for his work in safety regulations, city codes, rehabilitation of properties and adding value to a client’s property. Mr. Riguardi is a past president of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and served on the Mayor’s Committee on the Commission of School Facilities, the Committee on Maintenance Reform, and The New York City Building Code Review.
Edward had an avid love of golf, which he taught his grandchildren to play precisely. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren; he participated in all of their hobbies, and traveled to beautiful places in Europe with them.
Edward is predeceased by his wife Mary E. Riguardi, whom he loved very dearly, his brothers, Anthony and Biaggio, his sister Margaret and her husband Nelson Agis, and his nephew Peter Agis.
Surviving are his children: Sarah and Chuck Gerace of Little Silver, and Peter and Linda Riguardi of Rumson, NJ; his six Grandchildren: Charles and Elizabeth Gerace, Marie Ann and Matthew LaRocca, Edward and Jen Riguardi, Peter, Nicholas, and Alex Riguardi; and his five Great-Grandchildren: Emma, Ellie, and Peter Riguardi, Matthew LaRocca, and CJ Gerace.
A visitation will be held from 12-5pm on Sunday, March 11th at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, March 12th at 10am at the Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven. Entombment will follow at Holmdel Cemetery. A Memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, March 13th at 11 AM at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Edward’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Attn: Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-995. Please visit Edward’s memorial page at JohnEDayFuneralHome.com
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