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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Patrick Joseph DiMartino

November 23, 1953July 5, 2019
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East Hanover resident Patrick DiMartino, 65, passed away Friday morning at his second home in Barryville, New York.

Patrick, or “Jake” as many of his closest friends and family members called him, grew up in the Maple Valley section of Clifton, NJ. He attended Saint Philip’s grammar school and graduated from Clifton High School in 1971.

As a young man, Patrick acquired a passion for music, athletics, and the outdoors. He carried these interests with him throughout his life and truly personified what it means to be a renaissance man.

A talented piano player and gifted all-around entertainer, he was the keyboardist for several rock n’ roll bands.

As an athlete, he enjoyed years of competitive baseball and softball. A devout sports fan, Patrick actively followed the New York Yankees, Miami Dolphins, and New Jersey Devils.

As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and family at his beloved timber-frame cabin in NY State.

His convivial personality and persistent nature allowed him to flourish throughout a 35+ year career in sales. He began working for Levitz Furniture in the mid-1970s and quickly escalated up the ranks into a regional managerial role. He cherished his time at Levitz, and maintained friendships from his tenure there until the day he died.

In 1984 he married the love of his life, Catherine Marucci. Their one and only son Patrick Horace was born in September of 1989. Within this same year, DiMartino opened a new business with his brother-in-law Robert Palmer. Imaginative Design Center in Bedminster NJ would blossom into a stalwart within the high-end decorative kitchen and bath industry for nearly a quarter of a century.

Most of all, “Jake” was the ultimate family man. Nothing gave him joy like being around all the people he loved the most.

Patrick was predeceased by his mother Antoinette, his father Alfred, and his brother-in-law Robert Palmer. He is survived by his wife Cathy, his son Patrick, his sister Phyllis Palmer, his sister Lucretia Rotella and her husband John, his brother Alfred DiMartino and his wife Liane, and his nieces and nephews Valarie and Joseph DiMartino, Zak Palmer, and John and Analisa Rotella.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The American Heart Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, July 11, 2019

REMEMBERING

Patrick Joseph DiMartino

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Lucretia DiMartino-Rotella

July 17, 2019

As if I can do you justice on this website. It's only been 12 days without you, but it feels like an eternity. Each day my grief deepens. I'm empty. When mom died it helped me to emulate her life. How can I possibly emulate your life? I'll look for ways but those are big shoes to fill. My idol, best friend and brother. Now my angel. Until we meet again in eternal happiness, I am, as ever,
Lucretia, Cretia, Cre, La-Crashe, Crebe, SIS

Mary Braun

July 10, 2019

Every time I hear the song Blueberry Hill I think of Jake and Jerry St.Philips was where it began.
I Remember his warm kind smile 😃
Rock on.deepest sympathy to all his Family and friends .

Mary Ann Finucane (Montante)

July 9, 2019

Dear Patrick. I have so many fond memories of you that fill my head. But mostly I remember that you ALWAYS made me laugh. Your zest for life was unsurpassed. My Dad got the biggest kick out of you. I picture you in my mind and all I see is your infectious smile and laugh. You will be so missed by so many. I'm sure my Dad and my Godfather have prepared quite the welcoming for you. Rest easy now. Love you

Anne McIntosh-Prisner

July 9, 2019

I remember all the family functions back when our parents were still with us.... all the singing, eating and happiness. Patrick was the life of the party and loved his family immensely.

I was so very fortunate to spend a few days with him at the shore last week... he was so happy to be with his entire family.

He pretty much gave me my first living room set when worked at the furniture store... and the same for my kitchen from the design store... he was so very generous.

Until we meet again, dear cousin.... all my love, Annie Laurie McIntosh-Prisner

Dave Pietkiewicz

July 9, 2019

Believe it or not I am at a loss for words but will try my best.

St. Philip's, the 1960s, CYO, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Aheka, Overnights at Kohout's Farm, all the music, all the Fads...we were both there through all of that but we really became close when we lost our friend, Jerry. The unbreakable bond had "cured".

We had so many adventures, a few mis-adventures and just so many memories...I wouldn't trade my time with you for anything in the world.

I love you like a brother and...sometimes... you would drive me nuts just like a brother. You were always "you", though. Indisputable! Being the "life of the party" is an understatement. Your sense of humor was infectious. You were funny, you were loud, you were raucous, you were "Jake"!

We raised our sons together and had so many great times together. David and Patrick were "blood-brothers"; they were sportsmen together... they were totally insane NFL fanatics together! Yikes, they were both so crazy!

I was so proud when David chose you to be his Confirmation Godfather and you took it so very seriously. You really did and you loved each other tremendously. When we lost David you prayed for him, you prayed for me and you prayed for his Mother...every day! Your faith was unshakeable and I now take a small amount of solace in just knowing that you've again given each other that "respectful Japanese Nod" and embraced the way you always greeted each other. Your family will also find some peace in knowing that you have once again been reunited with your Mom and Dad.

So, sail onward Jake, my dearest friend, Patrick. You are one with the heavens now, forever. Our loss is the eternal light's gain...I know it! Keep David laughing until we meet again!

Bianca Freda

July 8, 2019

So fortunate to have spent so many fun times hanging with my cousin Patrick, along with working for him at Imaginative. I will always remember “Uncle Patrick” playing the piano and bringing joy into every room he entered. He always knew how to make people feel welcome and the party didn’t start until he arrived. I never knew the importance of a mint julep until you showed me how they should taste ;). Your memory will live on as you were bigger than one life could handle. Heaven is having a party with you.

Kathy Tyahla

July 8, 2019

The Di Martino Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Because your family has such a beautiful love for one another, Jake will always be with you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Kathy & Paul Tyahla

John Rotella

July 8, 2019

Patrick was a good friend and a great brother in law. He loved is family and had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews. I will forever miss his funny jokes, talking yankee baseball and listening to him play it’s a wonderful world by Louie Armstrong. On behalf of the Rotella family we thank everyone for your prayers.
Regards,
John

Carl Lomauro

July 8, 2019

All the good time playing in a band with jake,he always made me laugh,and we would always talk about Italian food and good desserts ,gonna miss you old friend,I know you’ll be rocking the keys in heaven! ❤️Love ya brother Carl 🙏

Sue Aloia

July 8, 2019

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin alright.....

You always did Mr Jake....

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