Carmelo A. Gallico

carmelo gallico

February 10, 1947 ~ February 19, 2020

Carmelo Antonio Virgilio Stellino Gallico, age 73, a 43 year resident of Leonia, passed on Wednesday February 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Palmi, Italy he served in the U.S Army and was a proud veteran. He earned both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Montclair State University. He worked as a teacher in several districts in the state and finished his career as a Graphic Design Teacher for the Bergenfield School District. He served as a high school Soccer Coach for Nutley High School. He was a master carpenter, an amateur Sommelier and buongustaio, a lover of Italian film and literature, an athlete and an avid cyclist. He was proud of his competition in the Maratona delle Dolomites. Beloved husband of 46 years to Calogera LaRocca. Devoted father of Laura Antonella and Stefania Loris. Dear brother of Anthony and Vincenzo.

The family will receive their friends on Sunday February 23rd from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street Fort Lee. Memorial service Sunday 3 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.


Memorial Service: February 23, 2020 3:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: February 23, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Rosedale Crematory
408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

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  1. I remember clearly that Valentines Day dinner the 3 of us shared in Paris. After having to cancel a coveted reservation at Spring, they called me to say a table for 4 opened up on Feb 14th…..Red (Gera) and Carmelo were my Valentines Day dates!

    A young couple ( who were VERY finicky eaters) sat behind us….we had just finished eating these amazing oysters and I asked for more but the waited said there were only enough for all the nights reservations ( there was no menu ). I said to him “ can we have theirs? ( pointing to the couple) They won’t eat them. The guys expression was like “ yeah right”……when he served the oysters to them the wife looked and was repulsed and said dramatically “ TAKE them AWAY!”

    The waiter turned on his heals and plopped them on our table and exclaimed “ Voila Monsieur! You were exactly correct!”

    He asked how I knew they wouldn’t eat them and I told him I overheard them speaking. They were from Chicago and went to the restaurant because the chef was also from Chicago…… they are steak and potato folks and the only seafood they probabilities eat is fried.

    Later the waiting cane back with boudin noir ( blood sausage) When the wife ( w a curled lip) asked what is was, the waiter said “ short ribs Madame!” Then turned to us w a big wink!!!

  2. Carmelo was the sweetest most delightful conversationalist in all my holiday memories of him. A true gentleman! I am sending my heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family, and to all that knew him well and loved him. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord!

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