Obituary of Albert N. Cannarozzi, Jr.
Albert Cannarozzi Jr., (80), of Oak Ridge, NJ passed away at home on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Elena Cannarozzi and his eldest son, Albert Cannarozzi III. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen (Stirrat) Cannarozzi, their children: David and wife Michelle, Matthew and wife Debby, and Kathleen and husband Anthony; their grandchildren: Lukas, Joseph, Katelyn, Vincent, Michael, Kara, Matthew, Gabriella, Adrianna, Alexis and Abby; his brother Dr. Nicholas Cannarozzi and wife Janet.
Albert, fondly known as Al, and later known to his grandchildren as Pa, was born to Elena and Albert Cannarozzi, on February 18, 1942, in Hoboken, NJ where he grew up with fond memories of the neighborhood, family and close friends. Al joined the Marines in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1965. He married his best friend, Kathleen Stirrat in 1963 and they resided in North Bergen, then Cliffside Park where he volunteered as a fireman, before moving to their forever home in Oak Ridge, NJ in 1970.
After his dedication to the marines he worked at Hills Brother’s Coffee, then joined the carpenter’s union and worked for the American Seating Company where he installed seating for theaters, schools, churches, synagogues and installed the seating at the new Madison Square Garden. While working with American Seating, he attended the Electronic Computer Programming Institute in Paterson where he learned his amazing skills as a computer analyst and programmer. These skills helped him obtain a career path forward for many years working for Hudson Bank, Field Crest Industries, later recruited by Associated Dry Goods as a database administrator and then onto World Com as a Senior Manager.
Al retired early and truly enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, grandchildren and traveling with friends Al and Annette. He was instrumental in helping us all with new technology as it came, and always had his camera out taking pictures of us enjoying life. Al donated his time to his parish/church as a Eucharistic Minister at St. John Vianney Church in Stockholm, NJ, was a member of the Knights of Columbus there, and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus in the PSD Dominick A. Calabrese Assembly. He was also a 27-year member of the American Legion Post 429.
Al enjoyed life…good food, vacations at Ocean Beach Unit 3 with his family, playing cribbage, and watching movies, especially Harry Potter. He loved all animals, was an avid NY Ranger fan, and in the early days listening on the radio, he even shadow-boxed the fights in his living room. His eyes lit up at family gatherings, bountiful meals together and at a good glass of scotch with his adult children. For the last 6 years of his life, Al had a devoted Maltipoo pup named Buddy, a best friend who remained at his side for his last breath as their bond was immeasurable.
While Al’s history proves he was a great man, a good husband and father, a cherished “Pa” and friend, devoted to his country and his faith, what he will be remembered for most, is how he made us all feel…so very loved.
Al’s service will be held with Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains, NJ. A wake will be held Friday, December 30, 2022 from 3 to 7pm. A mass will be held Saturday, December 31st at 10 am at St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church in Oak Ridge, NJ.
Following the mass is an Entombment at Immaculate Conception Church, 75 Church Street, Franklin, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated by the family to his favorite charities:
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Tunnel To Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306
Wounded Warrior Project
370 Seventh Ave, Unit 1802, New York, NY 10001
In Loving Memory
Albert Cannarozzi, Jr.
1942 - 2022