Nick Erdey, former Livingston mayor, dies _lowres

Nick Erdey

Nick Erdey, former longtime mayor of Livingston, died Aug. 19 at 95.

He was a disciplined, dedicated and hardworking man who led by example, said his son, state Sen. Dale Erdey.

“Dad, he was a great influence on our lives. ... He was a great man. He showed us the way,” Dale Erdey said.

Nick Erdey led the town for 16 years and was instrumental in establishing public works such as the community’s drainage and sewerage, said Mayor Derral Jones.

“He was truly the definition of a public servant when he was mayor,” Jones said.

In addition to his work in government, Nick Erdey served as an Air Force staff sergeant in World War II, founded the Fox Theater and opened the Erdey Insurance Agency.

He worked several jobs at a time because he valued education and wanted to ensure his children would be able to attend college, Dale Erdey said.

Nick Erdey expected similar resolve and work ethic from his children, and Dale Erdey joked that he may still carry the imprint of his father’s Masonic ring from being cuffed when he misbehaved.

But perhaps most of all, he remembers his father as a steadfast man who loved his God, his country and Ethel Beregi Erdey, his wife of 73 years.