Charles A. Borrelli
October 31, 1949 – August 7, 2019
Charles A. Borrelli, 69 years old of Rochelle Park, NJ died on August 7, 2019.
Charlie was survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Annette [nee Potenza], his son Jason and his wife, Kristin, his daughter Michele Bordonaro and her husband, Bart, his loving grandchildren Brendan and Reagan Borrelli and Emma and Amelia Bordonaro, his siblings Joyce Churney and Joseph Borrelli.
Charlie was born in Jersey City, NJ and was pre-deceased by his parents Emil and Lena Borrelli.
Charlie worked for many years in the printing industry and later in his life worked for the betterment of his community, including his work as a school crossing guard in Hackensack and working tirelessly every Summer at his "pool" in Rochelle Park.
The family will be receiving family and friends at Gutterman and Musicant, where Charlie worked for the past five plus years and helped to serve the community of Bergen County at their time of need.
The funeral home is located at 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ and the family will be there on Friday between 4PM and 8PM.
A Requiem Mass will be held at Sacred Heart RC Church at12 Terrace Avenue, Rochelle Park, NJ, Saturday morning at 10AM
- Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, August 10, 2019
Charles A. Borrelli
August 9, 2019
I dated Charlie when I was 17 and he was 16 it was fantastic to go to his parents house and have macaroni. His mom made the best sauce I ever tasted, she added ricotta to it. I never saw that in my life. My mom was Irish so we really never had macaroni and sauce. What a thrill to eat such great food. My other memory is having my first ride in a brand new 1969 Mustang that Charlie's sister Joyce and her husband Eddie had purchased and also wearing a Jonathan Logan dress that Charlie's mom had bought me because she worked there. I wore that dress to Joyce and Eddie's wedding. It was really classy. Being one of 5 children, I usually wore clothes that were passed down. He and my brother Bill made up a club and they even had button down gray sweaters with a letter on the front of them. Great Memories. I know you guys will miss Charlie. He was a great kid and I am sure he was a great man!
August 8, 2019
Dear Annette, your family and the extended Borrelli Family,
I am deeply saddened as I work to accept the reality that my cousin Charles has passed away at such a young age. My family and I extend our deepest and heartfelt condolances to Annette, her children and their spouses. My thoughts are especially with Charles' and Annette's grandchildren as they try to cope with and understand the loss of their beloved grandfather with the loving innocence of childhood.
I say this because one of my strongest memories of Charles is when he comforted me when our grandmother Philomena Borrelli passed away when I was 9 years old and Charles was a mature 13. He was very attentive to his younger brother Joseph and his younger cousins as we all dealt with the loss of our beloved grandmother. This was the first death in the family that I had to cope with and the attention that Charles gave to me, along with his silly jokes, helped me cope with the death of a loved one and understand that death and the separation from loved ones was a part of life.
From what I know of Charles, the compassion and concern that he extended to me and our other cousins at that time of grief remained with him throughout his life and helped make him the great husband, father, grandfather and friend that he was.
Most of my memories of Charles are of when we were children, especially at the family gatherings that occurred, usually, at Aunt Angie's and Uncle Jackie's house or at Charles' parents' (dear Aunt Lena and Uncle Chubby) house. The electric football tournaments, games of HORSE, wall ball challenges and other games we played were things that I always looked forward to and enjoyed (along with Aunt Lenas' cooking).
My choices in life took me away from NJ and I saw Charles less than ten times after I went to college. However, whenever we got together it was as if no time passed since we last met. I hope sincerely that will hold true when we meet again in the afterlife.
Michael J. Borrelli
August 7, 2019
Annette and family,
My heart goes out to you and your family on the passing of your Charlie , your loving husband/father and best friend, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am deeply honored and blessed to have known Charlie. He was a blessing to know and I will forever carry him in my heart. Accept my deepest condolences.
May God comfort you and yours.
Love only love