We are saddened to report that Dr. Bumper “T” Clown, George Edward, passed away this morning.
He touched the lives of many Cooper employees, patients and their families through his unique style of caring and healing though humor.
As Bumper “T” Clown, Edward was a leader in caring clowning for the past 30 years. He was the founder of Bumper T Caring Clowns, Inc., a not for profit organization that currently is composed of more than 125 caring clowns serving 26 facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
He was cited for “Distinguished Service on the World Clown Association’s Caring Clown Committee and for bringing smiles to a world in need” in a proclamation signed by two past presidents of the World Clown Association, Aurora “BeBop” Krause and Dr. Richard Snowberg.
In 2008, the Bumper “T” Caring Clowns were given the “Governor’s Award” for the most innovative volunteer program in the state of New Jersey.
In 1999, he received the “Klowniterian of the Year Award” (Clown of the Year) from the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association for giving a helping hand over the years to anyone who needed it. In October of 2004, Bumper “T” Clown was honored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International by being named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given to further the understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. For the past 12 years, his home and support base has been the Cooper Health System in Camden, New Jersey.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.