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Allen Maietta

Allen Maietta

Monday, July 29th, 1946 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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Obituary

MAIETTA, Allen, age 74, of Franklin Lakes on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Allen was born in Jersey City. Prior to moving to Franklin Lakes 34 years ago, he had lived in Upper Saddle River. Affectionately referred to as “Big Al,” he loved spending time with family and friends and his grandchildren, especially at their home in Montauk, Long Island. A lover of dogs, he leaves behind his constant companion Rocket who will miss their daily walks at Navy Beach. Al was a self-made businessman and a natural salesman. He was the founder and owner of Fantastic Tool in Livingston, NJ, a successful manufacturer of diamond cutting wheels. He sold the business and retired 10 years ago. Al enjoyed golf most of his life, especially the social and competitive nature of the sport. He picked up the game mid-life and made himself into a single digit handicap player. He was a very proud Marine and served his country during the Vietnam War. Allen was a parishioner of Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Franklin Lakes.

Allen is survived by his beloved wife Katherine of Franklin Lakes, and his loving children, Keith of Media, PA, Steven and his wife Laura of Park Ridge, Stephanie Gaddi and her husband Peter of CA, and Nicholas and his wife Song-Mee of Washington, DC. Adoring Grandfather to Kayla, Vincent, Peter James, Samuel, Patrick, Louisa, and Leo. He also leaves behind his brother Steven Maietta and his wife Claudia of East Hampton, NY, and his niece and nephew Suzanne and Patrick.

The Maietta family will receive family and friends on Sunday from 2:00 PM -5 PM at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ. A funeral Service will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Allen’s memory to the K9s for Warriors at k9sforwarriors.org, or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Arrangements were held by Vander Plaat – Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road Franklin Lakes, NJ ( www.vpmemorial.com )
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, October 18th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    Address
    530 High Mountain Road
    FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ 07417
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  • Service

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    Address
    530 High Mountain Road
    FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ 07417
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father John Job
  • Interment

    Location
    Christ the King Cemetery
    Address
    980 Huron Road
    FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ 07417
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Donations are being accepted for: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INC (NATIONAL HOME OFFICE).

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Jeff and Donna Thorstenson

Posted at 12:57am
Kathy and family,

There was no better a friend than Al. He was always true to his word. Always.

Knowing each other since 7th grade, growing up through the late 50’s/early 60’s and keeping in touch with each other for over 60 years, made our friendship very special. There was nothing that we didn’t share between us.

There are so many “remember when ….” memories that it is overwhelming. Most are older than our marriages! The irony of ironies (?) is that Al became a successful business man after rising from the environment of a “pool room” bum, hanging out with bad influences like myself!! Our many conversations within the last 5 years or so always included how a couple of "pool room” losers would evolve to see and live the world from a perspective that we never thought possible.

What a great picture of Al. His facial expression is EXACTLY a reflection of his outlook on life….

Rest in peace my friend,

Jeff and Donna Thorstenson
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Howie Conklin

Posted at 11:12am
To Steve and family - My condolences on the passing of Allen. I know it's been a bit more than 50 years we last crossed paths, but I am your old neighbor from across the street from you on the Boulevard in New Milford. I was at 970 Boulevard. Oh, those were the days and the good times. Growing up stinks. Hope all else is well and you and your family are doing fine. I'm in my 43rd year of teaching math at Bergenfield High School and still coaching high school bowling. I never married, but life is still good.

Regards,
Howie Conklin
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The Kipilman Family

Posted at 04:20pm
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Lisa & Joe Bradley

Posted at 10:35am
To the Maietta family,
Our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. My heart aches over this and still trying to process it. We weren't just colleagues we were friends. Our families spent time together in Montauk and we had so many great times together. I will miss his calls and crazy sayings most of all. RIP Big AL you'll never be forgotten. Love you - Lisa, Joe, Joe and Emily Bradley
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