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Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home

177 Route 59, Suffern, NY

OBITUARY

Edward F. Occhino

August 13, 1934August 28, 2020
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Edward F. Occhino of Fort Montgomery, NY and Fort Meyers Beach, FL, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020. He was 86 years old. Edward was born on August 13, 1934 in the Bronx, NY to the late Anthony and Josephine (Centrella) Occhino. Edward was a proud Navy Korean War Veteran and served from 1952-1955. He worked for over 60 years in the business machine industry working for many large companies. He retired in 2011 as the Vice President of Sales for Alltech Business Solutions. Edward loved sailing and as an active member of the Minisceongo Yacht Club, he achieved lifetime membership. During this time, he served as Commodore and was on the Board of Directors for five years. Among his many interests, Edward also enjoyed playing handball and was a New York State Handball Champion. Edward was a devoted husband of 65 years, a caring father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his beloved wife, Louise Occhino; loving children, Ronald Occhino and his wife Barbara, Joseph Occhino and his wife Kathleen, and Valerie Schepis and her husband Al; devoted brothers, Arthur Occhino and Anthony Occhino (Carol); and brother-in-law Charles Baris (John Hart). He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, Christine (Justin Hubbard), Nicole (Nicholas Cilli), Danielle (Matt Carey), Erica (Mike Vanacore), Lisa, and Robert. Edward is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive their friends on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the WANAMAKER & CARLOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 177 Route 59, Suffern, NY. (We kindly ask that you please adhere to all NYS DOH Social Distancing Guidelines.) A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 3rd at Sacred Heart Church, Suffern, NY. Burial will follow at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Services

  • Visitation (Please Adhere to all NYS DOH Social Distancing Guidlelines)

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Burial Following Funeral Mass

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

Memories

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Barbara Occhino

September 3, 2020

After over 40 years, I have so many heartfelt memories that could fill hundreds of pages. He had such a great sense of humor and love of music and dance. Whenever there was a family affair with music, I’d seek him out for a cha cha or salsa or swing— the man could dance! We spent many hours reminiscing about the classic movie musicals and he’d light up when recalling tap scenes with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! “How I wish I could dance like that!”, he said. So for his 85th birthday in 2019 I secretly snuck into his closet to get his shoe size, ordered him tap shoes, and arranged a private lesson for him and the family. When he opened up that box and saw the shoes he was like a kid at Christmas! He tapped the heels together as my mother-in-law cringed at the loud tapping sounds. We all had such a laugh! At his lesson, he tapped dance for over 2 hrs and we all had a blast. He asked me to send him YouTube tap tutorials after that so he could practice in Fort Myers. Gotta love it! Years ago I was playing Reno in a community musical (Anything Goes) and at the curtain bow, Dad rushed to the stage with a beaming smile, dapperly dressed, with a huge bouquet of roses! I will never forget that moment. As I was going through albums, I found a photo from Long Beach Island, NJ, where I was in a rain jacket soaking wet. Then I remembered it was during a hurricane. I was so in awe of the winds and crashing waves by the sea that I really wanted to go out and experience it. So I asked if anyone would go out with me and of course, Dad said “I’ll go!!” Everyone was yelling that it was dangerous, you’re crazy; but I made some coffee in a thermos imagining we’d sit and drink it in the rain by the sea. Well, the sand was hitting us our faces so hard that we barely lasted a few minutes, but Dad went, laughed, and joined me in the adventure. That was Ed Occhino, full of life and willing to do anything for anyone that could bring them joy. Heaven is no doubt brighter with you there.

jennifer Broder Jones

September 3, 2020

Growing up if I wasn’t at my house I more than likely was at yours. You and Mrs Occhino have always been so dear to me. You will be remembered and missed.

GOD has gained another angel.

With love and respect,
Jennifer

Jeanie Occhino

August 31, 2020

Dear Uncle Babe,
I have so many fond memories of you. My Dad would tell us all the stories of you two growing up, on the ship, and all the stops you made along the way. He always said what an amazing handball player you were and how my kids should play against you one day. You had the best smile, it could light up any room. It was contagious. Everyone loved to be around you and hear your stories. I wish we had the chance to compare our Puttanesca. I guess great cooks run in the family. My Dad, and the rest of us will miss you so much. Heaven now has another angel.
Love,
Sonny & Family

Ron Occhino

August 30, 2020

Dear Dad,
As time goes by I look back and understand how I became the person I am today. Your silent examples throughout my life formed the foundation which made me the best person I could be.

I hope I made you proud. You always made me proud.

Rest easy now and watch over us all.
Love,
Ron

Tiffany Festo-Tokarchuk

August 30, 2020

Mr O. - You were such a class act and so devoted to your family. You will be missed. Rest in peace, Tiffany and the Tokarchuk Family

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