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Obituary for Vincent P. Rigolosi

Vincent P. Rigolosi
RIGOLOSI, Vincent P., age 85, of Cliffside Park, died on July 15, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Garfield, he lived there for 37 years moving to Edgewater and settling in Cliffside Park 26 years ago. Vincent was a Garfield High School graduate and continued his education at Syracuse University on a boxing scholarship. In 1948, he won the 147 pound NJ Diamond Gloves Championship title and received the Outstanding Boxer’s Award. While on the SU Boxing Team Vincent won the Eastern Intercollegiate Boxing Tournament, Sugar Bowl Light-Heavyweight Tournament, and the Orange Bowl Light-Heavyweight Tournament. He was inducted into the Garfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame and received the Letterman of Distinction Alumni Award. After graduating Syracuse University in 1954, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war, and then went on to earn his law degree from New York University. Vincent was an attorney for many years and, most recently, operated VPR Enterprises in Hackensack, a real estate and investment firm. He was very involved politically, having been elected Mayor of Garfield in 1965, as well as serving as County Chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, as a Democratic National Committeeman for New Jersey for 16 years and as a Delegate to four Democratic Presidential Conventions. He was also very active in the community having served as president of The Colombians in 1992 & 1993, an Italian-American philanthropic organization, the Bergen County Bar Association, and for the Carlyle Towers Board. Vincent was a parishioner of The Church of the Epiphany, Cliffside Park, a former parishioner of Mt. Virgin Church, Garfield, and a loyal and active member of the Syracuse Alumni Association. The legal positions he held included City Prosecutor for Garfield, Washington Township, and Saddle Brook, City Attorney for North Haledon and Garfield, Public Defender for Wallington, Attorney for the Cliffside Park Housing Authority, and county counsel for Bergen County. In 1963, Vince co-organized the Junior Boilermakers football program and coached that first team to an undefeated season. Loving husband of 32 years to Eleanore (nee Popeck), beloved brother of Dr. Robert Rigolosi, Dr. Ronald Rigolosi, Rita Sciuto, and Rose Tartini, dear uncle of 24 nieces and nephews, 57 grand nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, cousin, godfather and friend of many. He is predeceased by his parents, James and Anna Rigoglioso, his brother, Charles Rigoglioso, and his sister, Marie Lutz. Visiting will be from 10 am to 11:30 am on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Our Lady of Mount Virgin RC Church, 188 Mac Arthur Avenue, Garfield, NJ, followed by a 12 pm mass. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saddle Brook. In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations to The Columbians - Vincent P. Rigolosi Memorial Scholarship Fund (The Columbians, c/o Mario Tommolillo, 33 Beckwith Ave., Paterson, NJ 07503) and The Holy Name Medical Center Foundation, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. The Rigolosi family is in the care of the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Avenue, Garfield (973-340-7077). Condolences/directions visit aloiafuneral.com
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