Paul J. "Ace" Amaranto
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AGE: 89 • Stow Creek Township
Paul J. "Ace" Amaranto, 89, of Stow Creek Township passed away peacefully following a stroke at Capital Health Medical Center in Trenton on Sunday afternoon March 23, 2014. Mr. Amaranto was a longtime teacher at Bridgeton High School. He had been the head of the industrial arts department until his retirement in 1987. The husband of Sophie M. (nee Ayars) Amaranto, he was born in Bridgeton and was the son of the late Rosario and Rosaria Brugnano Amaranto. He graduated from Bridgeton High School and served in the US Navy during World War II. He saw active duty as an Aviation Machinist Mate in the Pacific Theater before being honorably discharged in 1945. Mr. Amaranto received his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in 1950 and later a Master's Degree in Education from Rutgers. In addition, he earned the equivalency of a doctorate in agricultural education, also at Rutgers. During his long teaching career at BHS, was the longtime advisor to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and served in leadership capacities with several school activities. He was a member of the NEA, the NJEA and a former president of the Bridgeton Education Association. He was also an officer with the Cumberland County Teachers' Credit Union (now CumCo). "Ace" also operated Marl-Hill Nursery in Stow Creek for a number of years and fostered the development of other nurseries in the area. His days were filled with enjoyment which he found riding his tractor, which he referred to as his horse, through the nursery. It was not unusual to see those passing by the nursery on Rt. 49 in the spring stopping to take pictures of the beautiful field of azaleas.
He enjoyed fishing, going to auctions and was also a licensed realtor. A member of the Italian American Political Club in Bridgeton, he was also a member of Meade-Woodward Post #1795. He happily served as a financial advisor for many who sought his advice.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by one daughter, Roseann Amaranto of Bridgeton, one son, Paul A. Amaranto and his wife Karen P. of Stow Creek, one granddaughter, Sophia Rose Anzisi (Dominic), two great grandchildren, Isabella Marie and Dominic Robert Paul Anzisi, two step-grandchildren, John Wojtowicz and Jessica Lane and one step great granddaughter, Samantha Messick. He is also survived by one sister, Domenica "Dee" Mitchell and her husband John of Florida, a sister-in-law, Catherine Amaranto of Millville, nieces, Joann Mitchell, Kathleen Graham (Rick), Patricia Gandy (Donnie) and Peggy Chaffins (Greg) and a nephew, Robert Amaranto (Debbie). He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Amaranto.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton on Friday morning March 28th at 11 o'clock where friends may call beginning at 9:30. The burial with military honors will follow the service and take place at the Marlboro Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery in Quinton Township. Memorial contributions are suggested in Mr. Amaranto's memory to the Bridgeton Salvation Army, PO Box 212, 29 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Written condolences may be expressed to the family at freitagfuneralhome.com.
Freitag Funeral Home
137 West Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Published in The Daily Journal on Mar. 26, 2014