Brian Petronaci, 39, of Hopatcong, passed away suddenly on January 7, 2018.
Born in Paterson, he was the beloved son of Glen and Pamela Petronaci. Brian grew up in the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township, and graduated from Jefferson Township High School, where he played football. He moved to Hopatcong 17 years ago to be closer to Lake Hopatcong, where he loved to spend time boating and enjoying activities year-round. "Petro", as he was affectionately nicknamed by his friends, had an infectious laugh and a kind heart that drew people to him. His "Brian" humor was enjoyed by all and his love of life was evident in all he did. He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephew, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Brian is survived by his parents, Glen and Pamela Petronaci; his sister, Sharon Gagliardi and her husband Mario; his nephew and godson, Mario Gagliardi, Jr.; his niece, Gianna Gagliardi; his niece and goddaughter, Angelina Gagliardi; his uncle, Paul Petronaci and his fiancé Dawn Capraun; his devoted girlfriend, Amanda Lowe; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 pm Thursday, January 11 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral service will be held 10 am Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian's memory to the Jefferson Fire Co. #2, PO Box 965, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 or the Jefferson Rescue Squad, PO Box 300, 827 Rt. 15 South, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 would be greatly appreciated by his family.