Conrad G. Modica
May 7, 1931 - April 5, 2021
Conrad George Modica passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 5, 2021. He was born in Paterson, NJ by his Sicilian immigrant parents, and lived in North Haledon, NJ for most of his life before moving to Wanaque. He is preceded in death by his parents, Adriana and George Modica, and his sister, Margherita Davis. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Patricia, and his children George (Lysa), Carolyn Bunda (Michael), C. Michael, Patricia (Jonathan), and Beth Coyle (Eddie). He will also be missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Michael, Stephen, Kelly, Jonathan, and Eddie.
Conrad is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and The Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and served as an optometrist in the United States Air Force. Following his service, he started a practice in North Haledon, which led to a career of over 50 years before retiring. Conrad's life was rooted in service to his church and community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club, and also served on the Board of Education for the North Haledon School System. But his greatest service was to his patients. He truly loved being an optometrist and was greatly missed by both his patients and the staff at High Mountain Eyecare when he retired in 2012 at the age of 80. His passion for the profession of Optometry led him to serve as a mentor to aspiring optometrists at William Paterson University.
Conrad was a devoted husband and father and cherished the large gatherings that brought his family and friends together. He was an avid golfer and skier, and greatly enjoyed traveling with his family and friends.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, April 9 from 2 to 6 pm at D'Agostino Funeral Home in Haskell, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 10, at 10:00 am. Family and friends will meet at Saint Francis of Assisi 868 Ringwood Avenue in Haskell. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Conrad may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project