William J. Abate, 81, of Pequannock, passed away on January 1, 2019 surrounded by his wife and two daughters.
Born in Buffalo, NY, William grew up in Fair Lawn and graduated from Fair Lawn High School. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned his bachelor's and MA in business. While working in typewriter sales at Olivetti, WIlliam met Arleen Milkowski and the couple married in 1970, living in Woodland Park before settling in Pequannock in 1977.
William had a long career in sales and worked for ADP before working as a consultant for GAF. Some of his happiest times were spent bowling or on the golf course, but his greatest joy was his grandchildren. He loved spending as much time as he could with them and especially enjoyed attending their sporting events.
He is survived by his wife, Arleen; his daughters, Carolyn Mena and her husband David, and Lauren Lomoriello and her husband Rob; his sister, Barbara Schnackenberg; his grandchildren, Andrew Ruby, Austin Ruby, Owen Lomoriello, Leah Lomoriello, and Nico Mena; and his nieces and nephews, Lynn Paruszek, Lori Schroeder, Joseph Schnackenberg, David DeRing, Anthony PioCosta and Carmen PioCosta.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-8 pm on Friday, January 4 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 9 am on Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church, Pompton Plains. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.
In lieu of flowers, donations in William's memory can be made to Alzheimer's Association or Villa Marie Claire.