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Obituary for David Christopher Stanziale

STANZIALE, David Christopher, age 57, of North Haledon, formerly of West Orange, passed away on January 5, 2024, following a brave fight against cancer. Born in Livingston, NJ , he has been a resident of North Haledon for the past 23 years. David married the love of his life and best friend, Gina (Amendola) Stanziale. They cherished 32 years of loving, loyal marriage, and were blessed with 3 sons.

David had a memorable childhood growing up on Oak Avenue in West Orange where he developed lifelong friendships. He spent summers in Normandy Beach and Mantoloking where he enjoyed boating and water skiing. He attended Seton Hall Prep, Villanova University and Seton Hall School of Law after which he pursued the practice of law. He was a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars and was a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.

His legal career began as a clerk to the Honorable Leonard D. Ronco, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Essex County trying countless cases to conclusion, and proudly serving as a police academy instructor. From there, David went into private practice with his father and brother after which he opened his own practice in North Haledon. In that capacity, he served as a legal advisor to the Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for the City of Orange and was Attorney for the North Haledon P.B.A. His practice was mostly dedicated to the defense of police officers in both civil and criminal matters arising out of the exercise of police powers in furtherance of their official duties as well as the defense of police personnel on Civil Rights

His greatest passion, however, was his public service as a municipal prosecutor to the towns of North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Hawthorne, Bloomingdale and Wanaque. As municipal prosecutor, he took great pride in representing each individual municipality and served as a counselor and educator to the respective police departments. In recognition for his service, he received an Honorary Membership Silver Life Card. He was a master at his craft, an exceptional trial attorney with vast knowledge of the law and an understanding of the Rules of Court and of Evidence that was unmatched. Most importantly, though, he was humble, modest, ethical and loyal. A true gentleman, fair and kind, who treated everyone with respect and dignity.

David was also a part of the Canfield Scientific family where he served as comptroller to the company and counselor to his friend Founder and President Doug Canfield

In his spare time, David loved working out, biking, skiing, going to both the movies and theatre, travelling, and good meals with great friends. His love for the Green Bay Packers was shared with his boys and there was nothing better than Sunday afternoons watching football with them. He watched his beloved Villanova Wildcats win the NCAA Championship in 1985 while a student there as his son Christopher did in 2016 also as a student there.

As a young father, he coached soccer, basketball and baseball through the North Haledon Recreation Department. He was also a former member of the North Haledon Board of Education and North Haledon UNICO.

David is survived by his loving wife , Gina, and his three sons whom he adored and cherished, Christopher, Michael, and Nicholas. Beloved son of Rosemary Stanziale, and predeceased by his father, Benjamin Stanziale. Loving brother of Benjamin Stanziale and his wife Dorothee, and the late James Stanziale.
Also survived by his niece and nephew, Amanda and Benjamin Stanziale.

Friends may visit the Stanziale family on Monday, January 8, 2024, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes. Funeral Mass to be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s RC Church, 700 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ.
Interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.

Memorial donations may be made in David’s name to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation by visiting,