James R. Matarazzo

Mar 11, 1946 - Jul 17, 2019

Visitation

Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2019 03:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home

486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove NJ

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James R. Matarazzo, Sr., 73, of North Caldwell, N.J., died on July 17, 2019. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 3-8 p.m. at Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, , N.J. 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove NJ. Funeral Services will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at shookscedargrove.com.

Jim was a lifelong resident of North Caldwell. He was a member of the first ...

486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove NJ

James R. Matarazzo, Sr., 73, of North Caldwell, N.J., died on July 17, 2019. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 3-8 p.m. at Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, , N.J. 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove NJ. Funeral Services will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at shookscedargrove.com.

Jim was a lifelong resident of North Caldwell. He was a member of the first graduating class of West Essex High School and went on to Villanova University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. Jim was a proud Villanovan, a loyal fan to the basketball team, and was able to witness three championships throughout his lifetime.

As a dedicated resident of North Caldwell, Jim was quite active within his community. He served on the Town Council from 1971-1987 and was Mayor from 1987 through 2002. He volunteered as a fireman with the North Caldwell Fire Department beginning in 1971 and was a N.J. State Exempt Firefighter. For many years, he was a member of The Knights of Columbus and UNICO, and was awarded UNICO’s Man of the Year in 1998. 

Above all, his passion was the farm, Matarazzo Farms, where he worked the land and provided plants and produce to his community. He loved the earth like you love your children. One would often find Jim driving his tractor around the property. His heart was big, maybe that is why it gave out. It was so big he couldn't turn a homeless vet or a downtrodden soul down ever and employed them at the farm. Every soup kitchen in Essex County knew Jim and revered him for never forgetting all those less fortunate.

In his spare time, he coached Girls’ Softball and began a Men’s Softball Team in North Caldwell.

Predeceased by his parents, Constantino “Joe” and Margaret Matarazzo, his sister, Dolores “Dolly” Paulison, and his faithful dog, Nugget. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeannie M. (nee: Alliston) Matarazzo; devoted children, James R. Matarazzo, Jr., Kim Matarazzo Conlon, and her husband, Ed, and Coreen “Cory” Matarazzo-Blaine, and her husband, Sheldon; cherished grandchildren, Juliana, Gabriela, Gemma Rose, and Sheldon, Jr.; dear brother, Robert “Matty” Matarazzo, and his wife, Laura; and loving canine companion, Scooby.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Toni’s Kitchen, c/o St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, N.J. 07042, tk.slechurch.org, or Missionaries of Charity, 168 Sussex Ave., Newark, NJ 07103.

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