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John  Refolo

John Refolo

07-04-1927 - 01-26-2020
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Obituary

John Refolo, 92, of Rutherford, NJ, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Devoted husband of Florence (nee Bartoldus) Refolo for 69 years. Beloved father of Perry Refolo and his wife Cynthia, Laurie Davis, and Maureen Gozdieski and her husband Jeff. Cherished grandfather of John Refolo and his wife Nicole, Alyssa Childs and her husband Andrew, Erik Gozdieski, and Jarek Gozdieski. Loving brother of Angela “Angie” Rizzo. Caring uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Born on the 4th of July, John enjoyed celebrating his birthday with his Long Beach Island friends at his favorite beach in Holgate. He was a gravure printer by trade, starting out as an apprentice and rising through the management ranks at Alco Gravure in Hoboken, NJ. John was a sports enthusiast achieving “All State” in basketball for Union Hill High School in 1945. He enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Putnam DD 757. Living in Rutherford since 1960, John became an active member of the community. He was a parishioner of Grace Episcopal Church, commissioner of Rutherford Recreation, President and Coach for Rutherford Little League, Boy Scout Leader and Youth Basketball Coach. Even after his children graduated high school, John loved to attend all of Rutherford’s sporting events, All-Sports banquets, and Hall of Fame celebrations.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in John’s name may be made to the RHS All-Sports Booster Club and sent to Rutherford High School ℅ All-Sports Booster 56 Elliott Place, Rutherford, NJ 07070.
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Carol Gardner

Posted at 11:10am
Laurie and Family,
Though I've only had the good fortune to spend minimal time with your Dad, it was evident what a very special man he was . I remember him showing us how to make that yummy escarole soup. He was full of happiness and goodwill. I have no doubt the world will be a little dimmer without him.
God Bless.......
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Tim Willis

Posted at 09:17pm
I wanted to send my condolences to the entire Refolo family, especially my dear classmate, Maureen. I will never forget Mr. Refolo, especially his firm handshake and contagious laugh/smile. Some of my fondest RHS memories are those of John Refolo and Charlie Potor tirelessly supporting the Bulldogs. “Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and May perpetual light shine upon him”
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Lucy

Posted at 04:41pm
My Friend Laurie, although I didn't really know you're Dad I do remember the three of us playing golf together, very gracious. As a daughter whose father has long passed, my heart is with you. I know the bond. Keep all the wonderful memories of him with you everyday. Take care of yourself and your Mom, know the difference in the relationship and keep the wonderful memories of a life well lived. I understand and hope peace comes to you and your family. Love, Lucy
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Robin Palmer

Posted at 09:39am
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Refolo's passing. I visited Rutherford last year and was honored to see Mr and Mrs. Refolo on
Belford Ave. It was such a pleasure to reminisce with them about the good old days. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Refolo,
Perry, Laurie and Maureen. Sincerely, Robin (Famiglietti) Palmer
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