John Gagliano

February 3, 1926March 30, 2013

John J. Gagliano of Union, NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Mr. Gagliano was the beloved husband of Rose Marie Scioscia Gagliano who predeceased him in 1992. John joins the love of his life where they will be together forever. He leaves his three children, Judy Gagliano DeMarco and her husband Peter, Cindy Gagliano Anders and her husband Robert, and Robert Gagliano and his wife Lori. His grandchildren, Michael, Robert, and Emily Anders and Jamie and Christopher Gagliano, will miss him dearly. John Gagliano was also predeceased by his parents Eleanor and Joseph Gagliano. John also leaves behind his sister-in-law Lucille Scioscia Duffy and her husband Robert and his brother-in-law Anthony Scioscia and his wife Karen, along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

John was born in Jersey City, NJ on February 3, 1923. He served in the United States Navy as a seaman first class during World War II in both the European and Pacific theatres. In the European theatre he served as a gunner on a merchant ship that was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of England. Thereafter, as a crewman aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, he fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. He was awarded the Bronze Star for an act of bravery by saving a Navy airman who crashed on deck. As the pilot's airplane became engulfed in flames, he jumped on the wing and freed the pilot from the cockpit.

John worked for Continental Can Company in Paterson for 35 years as a quality control inspector. He retired in 1982.

John was an avid reader, photographer, painter, wood carver, and angler. His skill at tying flies and fly casting was remarkable to all those that had the pleasure to have fished with him.

Visiation will be held on Wednesday April 3, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM from the McCracken Funeral Home 1500 Morris Ave Union NJ. Funeral mass will be offered at St. Michael's Church, Union on Thursday April 4 at 10:15AM with interment to follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name maybe made to the Amyloidosis Foundation at


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 4, 2013

John Gagliano

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


April 4, 2013

Dear Rob and Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences in this most difficult time for you and your family.

Suzan M (Atlantic Realty)

Gina Morris

April 4, 2013

Dear Cindy, What a beautiful tribute to your father. I enjoyed viewing all of the old pictures of your family. It was a pleasure meeting your family yesterday and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time.

David S.

April 4, 2013

Cindy and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

April 3, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Rosanne Ugone

April 3, 2013

Dear Judy and Family,
With deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.

Christine, George & Nicholas Vizzacchero

April 3, 2013

Dear Bob, Judy and Cindy. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. He will be in our prayers as will all of you. With all our love and deepest sympathies

Tony & Karen Scioscia

April 3, 2013

Dearest John, In heaven for Easter! Much love always!

Bill Walmsley

April 2, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed reading a little bit about Mr. Gagliano, we too had Dads who served in the Navy during WWII. Our heartfelt condolances go out to the Gagliano family

April 2, 2013

Our prayers are with you all during this time of loss. You will surely be missed "Mr. G". Love, Bonnie, Fred & Jacqueline

Jill D'Esposito

April 2, 2013

So glad you are with Auntie now. love you, xo