Robert A. Carpiano

June 22, 1940June 2, 2021

Robert A. Carpiano, 80, of West Orange, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in the St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Born in Newark to the late Vivian (nee Musilli) and Michael J. Carpiano, Robert graduated from Barringer High School in 1958. His education continued at Montclair State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies followed by a Master of Arts in Guidance and Student Services from Seton Hall University. In 1989, he would receive a Certificate of Supervision.

Robert’s career as an educator spanned 41 years with the Newark Public Schools including 16 years at Seventh Avenue Junior High School, 18 years at Barringer Prep, and his final 7 years as the Chairman of the Guidance Department at Technology High School before retiring in 2003.

In addition to his command of the English language, he also spoke Italian and Spanish. Throughout his career he would be known as a conscientious and devoted mentor to all and considered every child he worked with to be his own.

His devotion earned him the Barringer Preparatory School Hall of Fame Award in 1996, the Benedetto Croce Educational Society Award in 2000, and the City Association of Supervisors & Administrators Leadership Award in 2003.

Outside of school, Robert was a party person who loved to socialize and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved animals and his hobbies and interests included history, science, gardening, cooking, reading, sports, and dancing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the devoted brother of Richard J. Carpiano and wife Celeste and Mary Ann Giordano and husband David, cherished uncle of Richard M. Carpiano and wife Jennifer and Adria Gear and husband Daniel, and adored great uncle of Michael David, Roman Vincent, John Gabriel, and Nadia Eve.

Visitation will take place at the LaMonica Memorial Home, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, from 4-8 pm.

The funeral will commence at the funeral home on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9 am followed by the Mass of Christian Burial in St. Raphael’s Church in Livingston at 10 am and the entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to West Orange TNVR | trap neuter return at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Entombment

    Friday, June 11, 2021


Robert A. Carpiano

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Judith Nadal

June 10, 2021

Mr. Carpiano was a remarkable person! He was so delightful, so special and made a huge difference in my life. I am forever grateful for his teachings, guidance, care and kindness throughout my years at Technology High School. He certainly personified the phrase “to the world you may be one person, yet to one person you may be the world" and he definitely was the world to many of his students of Technology High School! I will continue to hold you dearly in my heart! Rest in Heaven, Mr. Carpiano!

Nancy Ortiz

June 10, 2021

Thank you for taking me under your wing and supervising me as your intern. You were a great mentor and I learned a lot from you! I cherish the many meetings we had Down Neck!😉👍🏼 Your compassion and love for the children was immeasurable and the kids all loved you! 💕 You became my advocate at Technology HS which is why it became my home for 10 years after you left. I'll be forever grateful for your friendship and guidance! Rest in eternal peace! Salud my friend! xoxo

Christina Cruz

June 10, 2021

It breaks my heart to pieces to have to write this about you Carpiano you were not just my boss (Office Husband) at Technology High School you were my Mentor and my second Father when I loss my Father. I will always treasure our conversations and all the great advise you gave me. You were one in a million and no one can ever fill your shoes. I will miss you dearly Rest in Paradise ❤️

Roxanne Stridacchio

June 10, 2021

My heart is aching and I am saddened by the loss of my neighbor, friend and colleague, whom I have known for most of my life. Bobby C. and I had a very special bond. If it wasn't for him pushing me and counseling me, I wouldn't have had the great career I was blessed with. Bob was a great educator, teacher first, then guidance counselor. He was caring and compassionate and believed in everyone. His students were always one of his first priorities, many considered him like a dad, since he treated them like his own.
I was very fortunate to have shared great memories with him, hanging on my parents porch talking for hours, endless telephone conversations, walking his dogs, carpooling everyday to work, going out for drinks and dinners, watching movies, school functions, laughing and the list goes on.
I will always cherish the time we had together. Not a day will go by that I won't be thinking and missing you. But most of all I will miss you calling me the Lovely Roxanne.
Rest in Heavenly Peace My Dearest Roberto. ❤❤

Eugene Cloutier

June 10, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Bob’s family. I first met Carp on October 3, 1966 at 7th Avenue Jr. High School. Although I was from Minneapolis, he welcomed me and it was the start of a 64 year friendship. He became my best friend and that stayed that way until now. We had many good times together and those memories offer comfort now.
Farewell old Buddy - you will be truly missed.

Gene Cloutier

Donna Marie Stridacchio

June 9, 2021

Bob is one in a million. Everyone cherished their friendship with him. He was very special to me and my family. Living in the neighborhood and going to his house almost everyday was part of my routine. When I visit mom and dad I now see his front door closed and it breaks my heart. He had his front door open from early morning till late nites. His home was always open to all family, friends , his animals and all the stray cats. This was the type of guy Bob was. Welcoming and loving to all.
He taught me many things when I started my teaching career. He was always there for me. Our dinners, parties and long telephone conversations, sitting on the front porch on hot summer nights, giving dancing lessons to mom and dad and the list goes on . He will sorely be missed.
Our family loves you and it will never be the same without you . Bob rest in heavenly peace my dear friend. Hugs!!🙏🏻🥲❤️

Steven Kramer

June 9, 2021

It was my privilege and honor to work with Bob for 4 years at Technology High School. He was a great educator and always there for the kids. Any successes we enjoyed, many of them were attributable to Bob.

He always kept us laughing and you never knew what he was going to say.

Everyone who knew him will miss him.

Maria Denaro

June 9, 2021

My heart is broken for my Cuzzy! I will forever remember you everyday of my life on this earth! He made me laugh constantly with his jokes, tales about our family from back in the day and hilarious stories of his interactions with my other cousins from our neighborhood in Newark! I even looked forward to taking him to doctors appointments because afterwards we would religiously go for a late lunch or dinner and when the server asked what we wanted to drink, we both said, Bourbon Manhattan!!
He started my love for that drink! 😄😄

I’ll miss you so much Bobby, til we meet again!
Say hi to everyone we love up there!!

Mary Ann Giordano

June 9, 2021

Our brother was the Best! A character for sure.
He was a great brother, uncle, cousin and mentor to all!
Everyone loved him... he could carry on conversations (about anything ) with anyone he came in contact . He was a wealth of knowledge! A true animal lover ... he didn’t need much, to make him happy, his family, friends and cats, were his life!! 💝
My heart is broken, Bob!!! But I absolutely believe u are in Great company, with the rest of our family!!💖🙏🏻💓 Our love Always.....

Gregory Muselli

June 8, 2021

Bobby was not only my Godfather & cousin, but he was also my friend. Despite our age difference, there were moments where we acted like brothers... going out to eat, drink... even double date. He was a mentor and a pal at the same time. His stories about our family, grandpa, my father, meeting Muhammad Ali... you name it, they never got old. He was a living modern day Don Quixote. We shared some moments I will never forget. Cuz my heart aches but I am glad you are a peace.