Brian John Cazanave

brian cazanave

October 29, 1949 ~ June 8, 2023

Cazanave, Brian John age 73 of Palisades Park, NJ passed away on June 8, 2023. He was born on October 29th 1949 at Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ to Anselme P. Cazanave and Doris L. (nee Watts) Cazanave.

He attended Lindbergh Elementary School in Palisades Park, Cliffside Park Senior High School and graduated from Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University) with a BA and MA in Art Education. He worked at Marx Brush Company in Palisades Park for some time.

He taught art at the Palisades Park Junior/Senior High School and also taught grades 3 and 4 at Saint Francis Elementary School in Hoboken, NJ for almost 10 years.

He lived in London, England as a child with his mother for a brief time. Later, he returned and travelled extensively through Great Britain and also visited Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

He studied art history, French, and drawing at The Paris American Academy and received certificates for those subjects. While in France, he visited many museums, cultural centers and historic places of interest.

He worked as a library assistant and then in Youth Services at the Cliffside Park Public Library for many years.

Brian will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Cynthia Cornell, his nephew, Christopher Cornell, his niece Katelyn Rivera, her husband, Moses Rivera, and their son, Gabriel. His thoughtfulness and kind heart will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the following institutions:

Southern Poverty Law Center

400 Washington Ave

Montgomery, AL 36104


The Center

208 W. 13th Street

New York, NY 10011


Cliffside Park Public Library, Children's Programs

505 Palisade Avenue

Cliffside Park, NJ 07010


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  1. Brian was a close friend of Richard Castino and his wife Diane Castino. Brian served as an usher in our wedding in 1972. Brian went through school with Richard at Cliffside Park High School. Brian was a quiet man but loved to see us and share memories. He will be terribly missed by those who knew him. May he rest in peace.
    Diane Castino

  2. Thank you, Mr. C, for always helping my students to find the perfect book for each one of them when we took our walks up from School 5. No matter how much noise we made you never lost your patience. We especially enjoyed the theme day events when you baked special treats. Chocolate Day and Bread Day were our favorites. You made visiting the library fun for many children who did not have the opportunity to get there on their own.

  3. We were one of the many who visited Mr.C’s story-time Tuesdays and Thursdays every week . He was so special to all of us , but he was the kindest and sweetest role model to all the children . The children LOVED Mr. C and he taught them every nursery rhyme there was to teach . He was a very , very special man who will be remembered by many , many families in Cliffside park and beyond . Thank you Mr. C, may you fly like the angel you were on earth .

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