BAYONNE – Pepe Morreale, a well-regarded Bayonne musician and band leader for several decades, was honored last week for the talent he has showcased in the city, New Jersey and across the country.

More than 100 relatives, friends, city officials and others packed Catholic War Veterans Post 1612 on Nov. 27. They came from up and down the East Coast to pay tribute to him.

Guests included former Bayonne Mayor Joseph Doria, former Bayonne Board of Education Director of Music and Art Joan Rosen, and current Bayonne Councilmen Sal Gullace and Gary LaPelusa, who made a proclamation presentation.

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Doria had high praise for Morreale and the musically talented family he is patriarch of.

“Pepe represents a great tradition in the city of Bayonne,” Doria said. “He and his father were great entertainers.”

Morreale played the organ solo and with others at the celebration. His daughter, Jamie, sang a rendition of American Songbook hits.

“It’s just a wonderful get-together with Bayonne,” said Art Van Horn, a CWV Post member and Morreale fan.