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Norman Joseph, of Woodland Park, formerly of Clifton, went to his eternal rest on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Born in Paterson on January 12, 1926 to Joseph and Jane Dikdan, he attended Central High School and Paterson Technical School, before enlisting in the military.
Norman was immensely proud of his service to his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II, for which he received the American Campaign medal, the Victory medal and the Distinguished Service medal.
He married his lifelong love Laurice Balady on January 11, 1948, and the two have shared 66 years filled with the joy of their family and much happiness.
He was an active, lifetime member of St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church in Woodland Park, where he joyously sang in the choir and served on a multitude of committees throughout the years.
Norman and his brothers built, owned and operated Dikdan Auto Service in Paterson, and in 1969, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to the ownership of Main Auto Sales on Main St in Paterson.
Norman was named to the Knights of Galilee by Archbishop Joseph Raya, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was honored to receive the Order of the Cross of Jerusalem from the late Patriarch Maximos V Hakim. He was an active participant in the Cursillo movement of the Diocese of Paterson and was a proud member of the John Raad VFW Post in Paterson.
Norman was an adventurer who delighted in skydiving, waterskiing and parasailing, among other exciting endeavors.
He is endeared by those whose paths he crossed because of his genuine affection and warm demeanor. He had a passion for bringing a smile to people's faces and was always ready with a smile himself.
Norman is survived by his loving wife Laurice and five devoted daughters: Jan Bonagura and her husband Tom of Elmwood Park, Sandy Foster and her husband Ray of Wayne, Lois Lozy and her husband Fred of Clifton, Donna Lozy and her husband John of Wayne, and Jenine Long and her husband Louis of Wayne; fourteen grandchildren: Kristien, Alisa, Janelle, Lara, Raymond, Fred, Jennifer, Matthew, Paulie, Naomi, Olivia, Sarah, Alexis and Jessica; Four great-grandchildren: Julianna, Max, Joseph and Carter and one great-grandson due in July; his brothers John, Edward and Tony; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. He is predeceased by his brother George.
Join Norman's family in remembering his full life. Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 802 Rifle Camp Rd, Woodland Park from 3-8 PM. Funeral service will be at 10 AM on Monday, June 16, 2014 also at St. Ann.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Ann's Charitable Society or
are sincerely appreciated.
Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Totowa.
Published in The Record/Herald News on June 13, 2014