Robert Dean, 81 of Bloomingdale, passed away at home on Thursday afternoon, May 8, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1932, "Bob" was the second son of Samuel and Josephine Carola (nee Lanza) of 99 Redwood Avenue, Paterson.
Bob was the devoted husband of Patricia Carola (nee Williamson), his loving wife of 54 years before her passing in 2011; and devoted brother of Alphonse, who predeceased him in 2013. He was the proud father of Hugh Carola and his wife Dorothy; and Robert J. Carola and his wife Jacqueline his caregivers all; and cherished grandfather of Daniel, Andrew, Nicholas, Michael and Robert Carola; and foster-grandfather of Bryce Fagel. Bob is also survived by his sister-in-law Josephine Carola of Toms River; his brother-in-law, Hugh J. Williamson of Lake Ariel, PA; and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and friends.
Bob graduated Saint Mary's High School (Paterson) in 1950 and almost immediately enlisted in the US Navy. He served with distinction aboard the destroyer USS English (DD-696) in the North Atlantic and was honorably discharged in 1955. He met his "Patsy" soon afterward and they married in 1957.
Bob spent his entire working life, 26 years, in the employ of the now-defunct Continental Can Company in Paterson and Wayne. During that time the factory work stole his hearing, and that of countless other workers, rendering Bob all but deaf. Despite that undeserved hardship he lived a full life surrounded by family and close friends. A proud Green Bay Packers fan, Bob was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pompton Plains, and for many years a regular fixture all around his adopted home town of Bloomingdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Hackensack Riverkeeper, 231 Main St., Hackensack, NJ 07601, and would be greatly appreciated by his family.
You are invited to celebrate Bob's life and times 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Monday, May 12, at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, located at 781 Newark-Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains, NJ. The celebration of his life will continue on Tuesday, May 13 at 10 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, 155 West Parkway, also in Pompton Plains. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson.
For directions visit www.scanlanfuneral.com or call 973-831-1300.
Published in The Record from May 11 to May 12, 2014