George F. "Pinky" Jr., passed away Saturday, September 28th after a life well lived. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife Janet, son George III and daughter-in-law, Denise.
Pinky, as he was known to all, excepting those at work, was born in Jersey City and resided in Hasbrouck Heights for the past fifty years. As a parishioner of Corpus Christi Church, he was a church lector for twenty five years, taught CCD classes and was a member of Monsignor Fitzpatrick Knights of Columbus Council 7041 in Hasbrouck Heights. A devoted family man, Pinky coached his son in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, but was never able to teach him to hit the curve ball. He was himself an excellent athlete, excelling in basketball and baseball. The star player met his cheerleader wife in high school and they kept the romance fresh for sixty years, enjoying each other's company over many a dinner and occasional cocktail at the Pioneer Club and many other favorite places.
Married as mere children, Janet accompanied Pinky when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Stationed stateside, the enlistment produced no war stories, but did produce one son. Upon returning home, Pinky joined the Port Authority Police Force while studying at Seton Hall University. When graduated, Pinky began his career as a sales executive with the New York Bell Telephone Company, from which he retired in 1991. During his long retirement, Pinky served as patriarch of a large extended family providing counsel, wit and the occasional sawbuck to nieces, nephews and those who wished they could be.
Janet, George and Denise join with Pinky's sister Joyce Desmond of Old Bridge, Janet's siblings John Cosgrove and his wife Joy of Lakewood, sisters; Lois Kelly of Paramus, Diane Drago of Emerson and Arlene Mulhern and her husband Richard of Emerson and many nieces and nephews in wishing Pinky a warm reunion with his parents, George and Catherine Faherty, sister Geraldine Connolly, his in-laws, John and Ann Cosgrove and beloved brothers-in-law, George Kelly, Gerald Drago and James Desmond. Cead Mile Failte.
Family and friends are welcome to pay respects at Costa Memorial Home Boulevard and Central Ave. Hasbrouck Heights on Wednesday, October 2nd from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Mass at Corpus Christi R.C. Church will be celebrated on Thursday, October 3rd at 11 AM. Interment following at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the National MS Society. www.CostaMemorialHome.com