The Family of Salvatore Passafaro, of North Caldwell, Fireman, Auxiliary Police Officer and Founding Member of Notre Dame Church, Have Announced His Death
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The family of Salvatore Passafaro, of North Caldwell, has announced that, after a short illness, he passed away on Saturday at the age of 96. At his time of death, Salvatore was surrounded by his loving family at Mountainside Hospital, Montclair. His family and friends are deeply saddened by their loss and the community will mourn his absence.
Salvatore was originally born in Rumford, Maine, to Leonardo and Paola Passafaro; eventually the family moved to North Caldwell, where he lived for most of his life. Salvatore graduated in 1938 from Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, and later received his Fireman's License from the State of New Jersey.
Salvatore was a manager at the Greenbrook Poultry Farm, which was located on Gould Avenue in North Caldwell. Later in life, he presented information about the farm with organizations including the North Caldwell Historical Society and was used as a reference for the Charles A. Poekel Jr. book, "West Essex: Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, and Roseland."
"The farm produced over 3.5 million eggs per year and housed over 50,000
For 33 years, Salvatore was the Assistant Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds for the West Essex Regional School District Board of Education in North Caldwell.
"He was publicly recognized by the Trustees of the Board of Education
Salvatore also became a North Caldwell Auxiliary Police Officer, serving in various capacities for numerous cultural and sporting events. He was also a founding member of Notre Dame Church, North Caldwell and continued to serve the church community for the rest of his life. Throughout his life, he also shared his passion for woodworking and various crafts with family, friends, and loved ones."
"Salvatore was known for his quiet participation,
Salvatore was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony, Marcello, and Dominic Passafaro; and his sisters Rose Passafaro Gorman and Theresa Passafaro Carnavale. He is survived by:
The memorial arrangements for Salvatore Passafaro are as follows:
Message of Condolence
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Codey & Jones Funeral Home of Caldwell. Notes of sympathy may be written to the family online here.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the PBA Local 81 or to the Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey would be greatly appreciated: