Hundreds saddle up to bid Marty farewell in Morristown

Marty's logo greets mourners at funeral for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Marty's logo greets mourners at funeral for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
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The clouds parted long enough on Monday for hundreds of cyclists to accompany Marty Epstein to his final resting place.

Police halted traffic for the pedal-powered procession from Morristown’s Temple B’nai Or, where Marty’s children eulogized their dad with warmth and humor, to Beth Israel Cemetery in Cedar Knolls.

Marty, the founder of Marty’s Reliable Cycle and the Garden State Fondo, died Thursday after a five-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt

Mourners included the president of Trek Bicycle and owners of a rival bike shop. Many of the 800 people inside the temple wore the blue colors of Marty’s stores. Outside, a news chopper hovered over the scene.

Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt

Bill Ruddick, executive director of the Fondo, said the biking extravaganza will go forward in September just as Marty planned– as the biggest and best since Marty launched it in Morristown in 2011.

What would Marty have said about his sendoff?

“‘This is awesome!'” said his daughter, Molly Lyristis.

Stay tuned for more.

Slideshow photos by Louise Witt for MorristownGreen.com. Click / hover on images for captions:

Mourners pack Temple B'nai Or for funeral for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Marty's logo greets mourners at funeral for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Rebecca Feldman takes turn with shovel at funeral for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Mourners at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
Cyclists at Beth Israel Cemetery for burial of Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Louise Witt
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Slideshow photos by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com. Click / hover on images for captions:
Cyclists in funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Cyclists in funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Poster of Marty at Marty Epstein funeral, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Parked bikes await funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Cyclists in funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Cyclists in funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Cyclists in funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Craig Wilson at funeral procession for Marty Epstein, May 6, 2019. Photo by Bill Lescohier
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