HARDYSTON - James J. Caiazzo Jr., 41, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home in Hardyston, with his parents and siblings by his side. At his request, a memorial service will be held for his immediate family members only. Mr. Caiazzo was born May 18, 1971, in Suffern, N.Y., to James and Jane Caiazzo. He graduated from Wallkill Valley High School in 1989 and Bloomsburg University in 1993. Following graduation, he pursued a career in sales. For the last 15 years of his profession, he represented the pharmaceutical firms of Forest, Berlex, Bayer and Novo Nordisk. An avid Yankees fan, Jamie loved all things New York, having lived and worked there for most of his life. His interests included indie films, online blogging and writing poetry, essays and short stories. At the time of his death, he was concentrating his creative talent penning a play. Mr. Caiazzo was especially sensitive to the plight of the homeless, both animal and human, providing food and comfort from his personal resources. He was especially devoted to Holyfield, his TNR rescue cat, who misses him deeply. Mr. Caiazzo was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, James and Helen Caiazzo. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Jean Perenic, of Upper Saddle River; his loving parents, James and Jane Caiazzo, of Hardyston; his sister, Cheryl Lozada and husband, Thomas, and their children, Thomas, Lauren and Leah, of Hackettstown; his brothers, Russell Caiazzo and wife, Robyn, and their children, Dylan, Delainy and Baby Girl Caiazzo, due in April, of York, Pa., and Ryan Caiazzo of Newark; his aunts, Donna Perenic and Marjorie Perenic; his uncle, Robert Caiazzo; and three cousins. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton NJ 07860; or Father John's Animal House, 50 Father John's Lane, Lafayette, NJ 07848. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 30, 2012