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Dr. Richard E., resident of Saddle Brook was called to his eternal rest by his Lord Jesus on October 27, 2013. He was born in Clifton on June 9, 1928, and a graduate of Clifton High School. His class yearbook listed his ambition to "get married and be happy" a goal he achieved with his beloved wife, Catherine H. (Belli). They met at her cousin's wedding and it was love at first sight. Three years later on April 20, 1952 they were married at St. Brendan's R.C. Church, Clifton, by Rev. James J. Rugel.
His treasure was their seven children: Richard M. and Marie C. (Mulhaul) of Rockaway, Marie E. Onorevole of Dingmans Ferry, PA, John and Patricia (Opperman) of Chester, NY, Nancy C. and her husband Michael Lennon of Long Valley, Joan H. and her husband John Bladek of Clermont, FL, Joseph and Lisa (Murray) of Lafayette and Charles E. and Joanne (Morrison) of Mount Olive, along with nineteen grandchildren, seven adorable great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his brother Carmen A., sisters Italia Edith Onorevole and Mrs. Clara (Rudy) Di Napoli.
He taught his sons, by example the important concepts that they should know about being a father, a man and a friend. He taught his daughters patience, kindness and understanding. He was grateful to his wife, Catherine for all of her assistance, understanding and love as he pursued his many interests in helping others. His children described their father as "a Renaissance man" who loved all things Italian: the food, the music, the language and the country, especially, a visit to his parent's birth place.
Dr. Onorevole was an academic, educator, author and trustee. His leadership policy was to be sure that the schools were properly managed and to work as a team. He received his Doctorate Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University; Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts at Montclair State University.
His memorable 37 years in education in several districts were in New Jersey culminating as Weehawken Superintendent of Schools for 16 years, retiring in 1990, Assistant Superintendent in Piscataway and South Plainfield; administrator and teacher in Englewood Public Schools; teacher and department chairman, Clifton Public Schools and an Adjunct Professor at Kean College. His thoughtful teaching was recognizing the potential of students as future American citizens and leaders.
Dr. Onorevole was an innovator and in the 1970's, he introduced computers for school finance and as an instructional tool for students. He recognized teachers and students needed to be in the forefront of societal changes and to be prepared for the impact of technology in education and business. At that time, computers were not readily accepted and considered a threat to replace teachers. Dr. Onorevole was credited with other innovations in science space studies, learning labs, television programs conducted by students, promoted of the Weehawken Writing Project and founder of the Englewood "One for One" tutorial program.
Dr. Onorevole was committed to his community and served as a Trustee, Bergen County Community College; as Vice President, Board of Trustees, Bergen County Vocational and Technical School and a trustee of the Weehawken Public Library Board, a member of the State Board of Examiners, NJ Department of Education and served on the New Jersey Committee for the Humanities. He was a recipient of Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Freeholders, Bergen County and the NJ State Board of Examiners.
At Montclair State, he was
Published in The Record/Herald News from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2013
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