John P. Di Pasquale "Johnny D" passed away on June 24, 2018. He was 72. Born in Newark, he lived in North Arlington and then Kearny for many years. Visiting will be on Thursday from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass Friday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Stephens Church and private cremation will follow.
John was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School and Rutgers University. He excelled at acedemics and sports. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a Specialist 5th Class Criminal Investatgator. He owned Mar-Con Associates and worked as an Industrial Supply Salesman. Husband of his life long sweetheart, Marlene (nee De Paolo), he was the beloved father of Marlaina Melker (Zack) and John A. Di Pasquale (Adena). Brother of Bonnie Cerminaro (Vincent), brother in law of Rosanne Lucarelli and Carolee Petti, cousin of Eloise Brown (nee Melillo), nephew of Ann Melillo and numerous nieces and nephews; Michele and Brian, Michael and Samantha, Joseph and Marnie, Lance and Tara, Rosanne and Andrew, and Carolee and Anthony. He was also survived by his grandchildren; Lily, Violet, Julia Rose and "one on the way" along with his great nephews (grandsons in his heart) Lance, Dane and Cole.
The legendary Johnny D. was a great story teller. He captivated the hearts of the little ones as well as the adults. They were mesmerized by his cander and genuine love and humooor for all. Sunday dinners, watching the Giants, attending al the children's games, trips with the family to Italy, our cabin in the Catskills, adventures with the "Silver Fox", visits to Saratoga racetrack, and the shore, all made for a good life with enduring memories. His impact on us all as a stanchion of our family will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Johnnny D., husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend will be listed among the best. we love you.
In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.