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Vincent B. Carlesimo

AGE: 96 • Verona and Wall Township

Vincent B. Carlesimo, age 96, of Verona and Wall Township, passed away at home on February 24, 2014. Mr. Carlesimo was born in Newark and moved to Verona in 1977. While maintaining a residence in Verona, he also spent extensive time with his family in Wall Township. He led a distinguished life in service to his country, in business, and in the field of athletics. He was a lifelong Catholic devoted to his faith.

"Vinnie" graduated from West Side High School in 1938, Seton Hall Preparatory School in 1939, and Villanova University in 1943. He was named an All State player in high school, and selected to play in the Blue/Grey All Star game in his senior year at Villanova. The Associated Press gave him Honorable Mention All East in 1942. After college, with World War II raging, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a United States Marine, he was in active combat on Guam and in the battle for Iwo Jima with the 3rd Division.

His greatest achievements after the war would come as an illustrious coach who touched the lives of the fortunate players under him, and as the owner of the Rex Wine Vinegar Co. in Newark, NJ, which he started in 1946. His father, Berardino Carlesimo, a winemaker and immigrant from Casalvieri, Italy, helped him to start the business; he worked there until his death.

As a coach, he used the discipline of sport in a most effective way to lead young people to an honorable and successful place in society. He was the head coach at Our Lady of the Valley High School in Orange, NJ for 14 years, and also served as director of athletics. The undefeated 1964 team became State Champions. "Vinnie's" teams also won three conference championships and were runners up to the state championship twice. He finished his coaching career at Upsala College as the defensive coordinator from 1975 to 1980. Mr. Carlesimo was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame, Essex County Chapter, in 1984, and the New Jersey State High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989.

After years of coaching football, "Vinnie" teamed with a friend from Villanova, Carmine Graziano, to manage several professional boxers. One of their fighters became the Light Heavyweight Champion, Mike Rossman; The Jewish Bomber.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Emma Schmaltz, whose parents owned Schmaltz's bakery on 10th Street and South Orange Avenue in Newark, his father Berardino, and his mother Maria. One of ten children, he was also predeceased by his brothers, Louis, Charles and Peter, and his sisters, Mary, Josephine, Anna, Eleanor, Jeanette and Gloria. His son, B. Vincent Carlesimo and daughter in law, Cathy L. Waldor, of Wall Township, survive him. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Alexis Carlesimo and Chris Carlesimo of New York City and Jersey City, and numerous nieces and nephews, both in the United States and in Rome, Italy.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave., (corner of Third Ave.), Long Branch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Orange followed by the entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum in North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Brady Urological Institute, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Research of Alan W. Partin, M.D., 600 N Wolfe Street, Marburg 135, Baltimore, MD 21287; urology.jhu.edu or Our Lady of the Valley Church, 518 Valley St., Orange, NJ 07050. The family invites you to write a letter of condolence at www.damianofuneralhome.com.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 26, 2014
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