Charles P. Rigoliosi

Charles P. Rigoliosi

Sunday, November 23rd, 1924 - Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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RIGOLIOSI, Charles Philip, age 95, a lifelong resident of Garfield, peacefully passed away on April 9, 2020. He lived at home, a loving father of four and a vital force until his final days when he succumbed to the Corona Virus at Holy Name Hospital. Charlie was a one of a kind, devoted father who lost his own before birth. A tough fighter with a kind and gentle soul, he created the example to follow, maintaining a spirited, positive and kind attitude towards work, life and others. He and his deceased wife and forever love, Vera now rest together. They were ace jitterbug dancers and bowlers, always fun, touching the hearts and lives of everyone they encountered, their family, friends, neighbors, incredible doctors and caretakers, and their adopted families at Parkway Diner, Nino’s, and Variety Drugs.

Charlie was a US Navy Seaman First Class during WWII, serving on an 11-man Landing Craft Tank during the Europe and Africa campaigns, notably in Sicily, and other areas of Italy, France and North Africa. He was a life member of the Garfield VFW Post 2867. Charles worked over 43 years with the Garfield Board of Education retiring in 1991. In the early 50’s, he participated in the physical support and formation of Cerebral Palsy classes, the first handicapped services in the state of NJ, volunteering to carry children in braces to and from busses and showing movies for therapy programs not budgeted. In the late 60’s he was instrumental in forming Local 560 Teamsters Union for custodians, clerks, matrons, maintenance and cafeteria workers, and was elected chairman and later steward negotiating the first contract and those up through his retirement. The Garfield Schools that Charlie left behind became a better place because he was there with his keys.

Charles was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Virgin RC Church, Garfield. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Elvira in 2013 (nee Fatuova), by his loving son-in-law, Eric Dhumez; by his five loving siblings, Francis, Carl, Gasper, Mildred Giglia and Ann Corso. Charles is survived by his four loving children, Rosalyn Lamparello and her husband Robert, Phyllis Dhumez, Charles J. and his wife Lori, and John Anthony and his wife Patricia; his adoring grandchildren, Dana Marie and husband Clint Blowers, Jonathan, Chaz and wife Lauren, Sara, Christopher, Craig, Marc Dhumez and wife Hadar, and 2 great grandchildren Ori and Lea Dhumez. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and part-time pet Bella.

All services were privately held with his burial at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Lodi. A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to:

Holy Name Medical Center
718 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Please make out the check to HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
and indicate: “In Memory of Charles P. Rigoliosi” on the note line of your check.
If you have any questions, you may contact the foundation at 201 833 3187

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    St. Nicholas Cemetery - Lodi
    2 Terrace Avenue
    LODI, NJ 07644
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Lorraine Pearson

Posted at 10:36am
Mr. Rigoliosi is a gift to all who knew him. Though he will be missed, his memory will always uphold us. With our deep condolences, Lorraine and Frank Pearson

Joseph De Franco

Posted at 03:04pm
Dear Rigoliosi Family,
We will miss Charles very much. It was an honor to know him. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Love and prayers,
Joey d, Margaret and the entire De Franco family

Peter Williams

Posted at 09:06am
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Rigoliosi family in the loss of your Dad. I have been blessed to have known the family for the past 46 years starting with being Charlie’s roommate at Glassboro State in 1974, and that was when I was introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Rigoliosi. They raised a beautiful family and I always felt like a part of the family. God bless you all.

Michael G Manicone

Posted at 09:49pm
My sympathy to the family of Charles Rigoliosi on his passing. He knew me from his days long ago when he spent his spare time at my father’s store. Charlie and his brothers Gap and Carl were regular visitors each day, truly happy days. As I grew up he remained a true friend; he always had a smile and shared stories of the old days at the Butcher. May he Rest In Peace forever.

Jeffery Zafonte

Posted at 07:49pm
R.I.P. Mr Riggs Only Great Memories Over The Years Of You!!!!

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