Obituary of Carmelo Aparo
Carmelo Aparo, 80, of Pequannock, died Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains. He was surrounded by his family in his final moments and passed very peacefully.
Born in Siracusa, Sicily, Carmelo was the son of Salvatore and Paola Aparo. After his home was destroyed by an air plane crash in 1955, the family moved to the U.S., settling in New Jersey. While at a family wedding in Paterson, Carmelo was introduced to Giuseppa Barbagallo, also a Sicilian immigrant. The couple quickly fell in love, and in 1964, they married.
Settling in Pequannock, Carmelo and "Pina" together raised three children. He held a long career with PSE&G as a Mechanic 1st Class, working on the natural gas lines. Carmelo retired twenty years ago after a 35 year career with the company.
Throughout his life, Carmelo loved gardening around his home, and especially loved growing sunflowers each summer. He also held a lifelong love for the game of soccer, and loved to tease his family with his corny "dad" jokes. Carmelo always had a smile on his face, and was kind, compassionate, full of life and joy. His family will always laugh in remembering how he suffered from "hair envy," pulling any nearby ponytail over his head in jest whenever he could.
Family was everything to Carmelo, and his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were where he focused most of his energy. Always one to love traveling the world, he enjoyed many vacations with his loves, including trips back home to Sicily and most recently to Aruba.
Carmelo is lovingly survived by his wife, Pina; his son, Paul Aparo; his daughters, Liliana Morgan and her husband Anthony, and Rita Morgan and her husband Craig; his brother, Giuseppe Aparo; his sisters, Giovanna Leopardi, Maria Presti, Teresa Terranova, and Lucia Aparo; as well as his grandchildren, Kevin, Jason, Miranda, and Brian Morgan. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Paolo Aparo, and his sister, Concetta Presti.
Visiting hours will be Friday from 4-8 pm at the M. Joh Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit RC Church, Pequannock. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.
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