We told him not to go down the basement stairs. But he chose to do it his way. Just like every other day of his 94 years. Edward Tellier Hillyerd, born May 29, 1926 to Elizabeth and Morris Hillyerd and a lifelong resident of Linaberry Rd, Columbia, New Jersey, passed away at home June 7, with family by his side. Ed attended Belvidere High and was active in the FFA, winning many ribbons for his quality cows. After serving as a mechanic in the Korean War, he bought his first bulldozer in 1953 and started Ed Hillyerd Excavating to dig ponds and bury cows and stone rows for farmers. Business took off and two years later he married Gladys Mantell, a pretty city girl that he met at a grange square dance. They built a home on the family farm property and had three daughters. Most of his life he worked 6 days a week, 10 hours a day, and he was still sneaking on the backhoe long after Gladys made him retire at the age of 80. A lifelong member of the Delaware Presbyterian Church who always looked dapper in his Sunday attire, Ed served on the Knowlton and North Warren School boards. An avid collector of antique cars, engines and anything with wheels, he was a member of the Pocono Antique Car Club. Always resourceful, he had a knack for transforming discarded junk into functional outdoor projects. Rest and relaxation included boating, (especially on the Delaware River where he built his summer home), hunting with his buddies and traveling. For 30 years, he and Gladys explored all 50 states in their prized Beaver motor home, attending rallys that built many lasting friendships and memories. Ed loved to eat and always reminded us "When I die, I want to have full belly." He will be greatly missed for his fearlessness, integrity, determination and one liners. He always drove a hard bargain. Most of all, Ed loved his family and would do anything for them. He leaves behind his wife Gladys, daughters Donna O'Reilly, (Bill), Rosemary Hillyerd, Eileen Plunkett, (Rich), grandchildren Jessica Zieche, (Jared), Colleen Apgar, (Joel), Patrick Plunkett, (Maureen) 3 great grandchildren Conor, Libby and Kaitlyn, two sisters Clara Kott and Jane Paul, brother Harlan Hillyerd and many friends. Graveside services will be private under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home. Blairstown, N.J. For online condolences, go to www.NewbakerFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Delaware Presbyterian Church, 9 Clarence St., 07833 or Knowlton Fire and Rescue, 4 Roy Ace St., Delaware, NJ, 07833. Graveside services will be held at the Knowlton Presbyterian Church cemetery, 3 Knowlton Road, Columbia, NJ 07832, June 12, 2020, 12 PM, followed by a repast at the family home.