Zarro Funeral Home


Octavio "Tave" Padilla

January 22, 1963November 25, 2020

Octavio “Tave” Padilla, 57 passed away on Wednesday, November 25th , 2020. He was born in Newark to Carmen and the late Elias Padilla and lived most of his life in North Newark. Tave was a devoted father, son, brother, friend, coach, and mentor. His favorite title, though, was “Abuelo” to his beloved granddaughter, Isabelle, who was his pride and joy over the last year. Tave’s heart and soul were inexplicably connected to the community he served. His years of volunteer coaching began with his son, Andre’s, baseball and basketball teams. That later translated into a second career in youth recreation and advocacy. He was the Co-Director of Youth Development and Recreation for The North Ward Center in North Newark for 16 years, and a Board Member of the Newark School Board of Education since 2016. He also worked at Casa Israel Adult Medical Day Program assisting seniors. His service also includes working as an Aide to New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Legislative Aide to New Jersey State Senator Nellie Pou, and Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo. Tave has also served on the boards of various community-based organizations, including sports and cultural organizations. In recent years he was heavily involved in the planning and execution of Newark’s Puerto Rican Day Parade and Annual Gala as an active Committee Member. He was also a small business owner in Newark, most known as a prestigious shoe salesman for many years before he began his career in civic service. His work in the Brick City, and his legacy of service will not be forgotten. Known as a “gentle giant”, Tave was a guy whose presence would immediately fill a room; his charisma and a personality that were larger than life. Always affable, kind and engaging. He loved to have fun and he loved people, especially his family. A lot like his father, he had many friends and was the life of every party. He was an avid Mets fan and loved to tease his friends that rooted for the Yankees. Tave also loved his NY Giants, a love he passed on to his children. Every Sunday during football season, he would put on his Big Blue jersey and head to the bar to cheer them on with friends and strangers. By the end of the game, those strangers would become his fast friends. A great basketball player in his youth, he loved his Knicks but also rooted for the Nets, especially after their move to Brooklyn. He loved his children beyond measure and spoke often about how proud he was of them. In the last year though, the apple of his eye was his granddaughter Isabelle. Strangers, colleagues and friends were frequently reminded of the immense joy she brought to his life. Tave is predeceased by his father, Elias, and is survived by his mother Carmen, daughter Elysha Vega and her husband Edwin, son Andre Padilla, his granddaughter Isabelle Vega, Siblings Elias, Manda, Mari, Elisa, and Fernando, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Arrangements are by the Zarro Funeral Home, 145 Harrison St., Bloomfield. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 1st from 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm. a facial covering is required and standard social distancing practices must be followed at all times. A mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark at 10am, all who would like to attend are to meet at the church- there will be no gathering at the funeral home, temperature checks will be administered upon entry, a facial covering is required and standard social distancing practices must be followed, thence to Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington for the burial. In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to The North Ward Center 346 Mt. Prospect Ave. Newark, NJ 07104. All visitors must where facial covering and practice social distancing at all times.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020


Octavio "Tave" Padilla

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Linda Kelly-Gamble

December 6, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family for your beloved father and a gentle GIANT. He will be truly missed, however, he is with us in spirit.

Jose Danoys

December 3, 2020

Tave was a life long friend. Our downstairs neighbor Miriam was his aunt. Later his best friend married my sister. I was in Tave’s wedding party back in 1985. What an honor to be asked to be an usher on his special day.
There is not a time a cannot remember him and his great friend Rey Diaz not coming by our house. Later on when I became NPD I would run into him often because of the love he felt for our hometown city Newark and his beloved community. One that I am proud to be serving.

My deepest condolences to the Familia. In this time of loss and bereavement, know that God is Faithful. I miss you mi Hermano.

Sebastian Nieves

December 3, 2020

Tave was a very close friend for 40 years. We started out as High School chums at Essex Catholic and worked together our first jobs on 6th Ave and Roosevelt ave. Even though we grew apart, we always stayed in touch. He was the best men at my wedding, a brother. I was so happy for him celebrating his love for his granddaughter. My heartfelt condolences to his Mother Carmen, and loved ones. The Northward has lost a great advocate, a man who cared for his community and proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and I know he his at the table with our Father in Heaven.

Jose Perez

December 2, 2020

I know Tave since I worked at my job when he was working at the Recreation dept. in another site, but comes by greeting us and having his lunch at the bistro with his friend or by himself. I remember he sat with me at lunchtime and we talked about certain conversations. I will never forget his positive personality when he enters the room and starts shaking everybody's hand and having conversations with people. I was very impressed and honored that he loved my cousin's place Latin Flavor and made him like family. You will be missed Tave. You are the gentle giant of Brick City of Newark.

Ivelisse Dominguez

December 2, 2020

Accept my most sincere condolences for your loss. May God help you get through this difficult time and ease your pain.

Tave was more than a friend to me and my family.

While we had him, we treasured his presence and he will live in our hearts forever. In our day to day lives, he will still be around us. We will continue to have beautiful reminders of who he was and still is, as he will always be a part of us.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace. Love Ivelisse Dominguez and family

Felix Duprey

December 2, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Padilla family, Rest in peace my friend. Thank you for being a great role model to my son Jordan and to all the kids in our community. You touch the heart of so many especially my beloved wife Lisette, pls give her a hug for me. You will be missed my brother till we meet again.

Ramon Luis Rodriguez

December 1, 2020

May You Forever Rest In Peace. My last memory of you was at the Food Giveaway at Immaculate Conception Church as always looking out for others. I'll let Luis know about our conversation there regarding banquet. Always a FRIEND.

LaMonica McIver

December 1, 2020

Rest In Peace Tave. You were a ball of happiness and fun each time we were in each other’s presence. May your legacy live on forever. Prayers to the family & friends! ❣️

With Love & Sorrow,

Councilwoman McIver

Irma Rivera

December 1, 2020

My Deepest ! Sincere Condolences to his Mother, Children and Family ! I have no words ! Tave was an Amazing Soul ! You will Truly be missed ! My Prayers and Thoughts are with the Family ! May the Family find Comfort ! Healing ! Peace through great Memories ! Continue to Rest in Eternal Peace Tave 🙏🏽👏🏽♥️

marnie Y

November 30, 2020

I would like to offer my condolences to Mr. Padilla’s family. May you be comforted by your memories and by God’s heartwarming promise found at John 5:28,29.