MADISON, NJ – With bowed heads and heavy hearts, Madison residents and council members remembered Alfred Chiarolanzio, Sr. of Alfred’s Sports Shop, who passed away on Nov. 21 at the age of 89.
“He is truly a Madison icon and a good friend to many of us,” said Mayor Bob Conley after asking for moment of silence in Chiarolanzio’s memory at the start of Monday’s council meeting.
A longtime Rose City resident and 1946 Madison High School graduate, Chiarolanzio moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla. in his later years.
“He was an avid golfer an extraordinary man,” said his family in his obituary. “There are no words to suffice what he has accomplished, given and taught during his lifetime. We will never be able to thank him enough or express our feelings towards the best husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”
More than 50 years ago, Chiarolanzio founded the Rose City’s premier sporting goods store, located at 32 Main St. Alfred’s Sports Shop is now one of the oldest privately-owned stores for athletic goods and apparel in New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Christina “Tina” Chiarolanzio; his children, Alfred Chiarolanzio, Jr., Janet Chiarolanzio-Losavio, Chris Chiarolanzio and David Chiarolanzio; as well as nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.