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Remo, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Teaneck, passed away peacefully, on January 6, 2013 at the age of 99 years. He was born in New York City on May 24, 1913 and spent his childhood in Union City, and Torino, Italy. He showed an interest in music at an early age and was intrigued by the violin. He was a child protégé and graduated with honors from the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Verdi in Torino as a professor of the violin. He loved to sing and was an accomplished pianist and classical guitar player. In 1933 he returned to New York with his family and joined his father in the family business, Vinvino Winery, where they made their own vermouths and champagne. A smart, personable and outgoing man he was an invaluable asset to the fast growing business. In true romantic fashion Remo courted the love of his life, Erminia Berlucchi who he married in May 1940. In 1955 Remo took over the business from his father and quickly established himself as a pioneer in the Italian wine business in Manhattan. He moved with his wife and sons to Teaneck but continued to run the business until 1995 when he retired and passed the company on to his youngest son, Douglas who is still running it today. Remo had a spark for life and he loved people. He was a wonderful storyteller and could pull a flawless joke off on even the most discerning. He brought joy to family, friends and strangers alike and was an endless source of generosity. Beloved husband for 72 years of Erminia M. (nee Berlucchi). Devoted father of Richard and his wife Deborah, Paul and his wife Cindy, Douglas and his wife Claire, and the late Freddy. Cherished grandfather of Gus and his wife Estelle, and Lia. Dearest brother of the late Louisa Nadir and Tina Giachino. Prayer service at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack, on Thursday, January 10th, at 12 Noon with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM. Those wishing to do so are invited to make a memorial donation in Remo's honor to Cedar Crest Village Benevolent Fund, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. To send condolences, directions, or further information visit www.gentilefuneralservice.com
G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Service
397 Union Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Published in The Record from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2013