Conrad G. Modica
1931 - 2021
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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.




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Published in The Record/Herald News from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2021.
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April 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Pat and all the family during this sad time. Dr. Modica’s life has been such a fine example of a Christian man and his compassion and his kindness has been so obvious to all of us who knew, respected and loved him. His life really “made a difference” to so many, and what a good way to be remembered and honored.

With love and sincere condolences,
Beverly Radway
Friend
Beverly Radway
Friend
April 9, 2021
May God bless and give your family peace in this time of sorrow.
Joe Antoci
Friend
April 9, 2021
Uncle Conrad was such a kind and friendly person. My deepest sympathies and condolences.
Angela M Grattan
Family
April 9, 2021
Dr. Conrad you will truly be missed. He truly was a servant for our Lord. Enter into your eternal rest. Praying for Pat and her children and their families. With deepest sympathy, Monica Saya Phillips and Danny Phillips
Monica Phillips
Friend
April 9, 2021
My family and myself were one of his first patients when he had his office over the North Haledon 5and10. He was my eye doctor for over 50 years. We always began my visit talking about our families. I was sad when he retired, but it was time. I will always remember him. I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Doc
Danette (D'Amelio) Andersen
Friend
April 9, 2021
He was a great friend of the family. My fondest childhood memories include times spent in Patterson and with his fun children.
Victoria Nastav
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
Dr. Modica was my eye. Dr. from the time I was 10 till he retired. He was one of the kindest human beings to ever walk this earth. When I was suffering from some retina issues he gave me his home number and told me to call him whenever. I once witnessed him consoling an elderly man in his office waiting while his wife was being examined. The elderly man was very concerned about his wife and as soon as Dr. Modica completed the exam of the person's wife he came into the waiting area and because the elderly man was seated and had difficulty standing, Dr. Modica squatted down next to him to get at his eye level and told him everything was going to be alright. Compassion for his patients like I have never seen before.
May he rest in peace knowing how many people's lives he touched.
Bruce Bosland
Friend
April 8, 2021
Conrad and Pat were special parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi when I was their Pastor. They were very faithful, most helpful (during the Carnival), very supportive. I was often a guest at their home in Wanaque. Yes, I too will miss Conrad and pray that he receives a special welcome in heaven and Eternal Rest.
Fr. Lance
Friend
April 7, 2021
Pat nd family, Thinking of you with deepest sympathy and hoping each new tomorrow will bring you comfort and peace.
Marge Connelly-Kincaid
Marge Connelly-Kincaid
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