VINCENT DONOFRIO AGE: 88 CEDAR KNOLLS Vincent Donofrio, of Cedar Knolls, died at Arden Court in Whippany on June 9, 2010. He was 88. Born in Orange and a graduate of Orange High School, Mr. Donofrio lived in East Orange, South Orange and Maplewood before moving to Cedar Knolls in 1954. During WWII, Mr. Donofrio served in the US Army. He was a Sergeant with the 109th AAA Gun Battalion in the European Theater. He and his battalion participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Donofrio worked for Allied Chemical Corp./Honeywell in Morris Twp. for 35 years in various capacities. He retired in 1984 as a Safety Supervisor for their Research Laboratories. Some of his environmental breakthroughs are still considered industry standard today. Mr. Donofrio's dedication to the community was reflected in his nearly 60 years of volunteer service to Hanover Township. He served as Director of Civil Defense in the 1950s, which evolved into the Director of the Office of Emergency Management. He also served on the Board of Health, eventually becoming President and President Emeritus. Mr. Donofrio served as a Township Committeeman, member of the Recreation Commission, Knights of Columbus, and Hanover Township Republican Club. He was the main force in converting a home into a Convent for the Sisters of Charity at Notre Dame Church. For all his service and more, Mr. Donofrio was awarded the key to the Township of Hanover on January 1, 2008. Mr. Donofrio, more lovingly referred to as "Pop", is the husband of the late Winifred "Winnie" (nee Magliaro). Loving father of Dr. Elaine Chaisson and her husband Mike Mackie of Manhattan Beach, CA and Vincent Donofrio, Jr. and his wife Debbie of Cedar Knolls. Devoted grandfather of Carissa Kitchell and her husband Jim of Whippany, Karen Donofrio and Vincent Donofrio III, both of Cedar Knolls and Lauren, Michael, Allison and Lisa Mackie, all of Manhattan Beach, CA. Cherished great-grandfather of Jeremy, Amelia, and Hayley Kitchell. He is predeceased by his siblings Anthony Luciano, John and Louis D'Onofrio, and Mary Betancourt. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls, on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:00 am. An interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, E. Hanover. Friends may call at the Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd., Whippany on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to either the
, 400 Morris Ave., Denville, NJ 07834; Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls, NJ, 07927 or the Cedar Knolls First Aid Squad, 82 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls, NJ, 07927. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Daily Record on June 11, 2010