Michael J. DePasquale, Jr.

February 22, 1953May 14, 2023
Obituary of Michael J. DePasquale, Jr.


Becker Funeral Home

Michael J. DePasquale Jr., 70, of River Vale, NJ, passed away on Sunday, May 14th, 2023. Michael is survived by his daughter, Taryn Kunz; his brother Anthony and his wife Cathy as well as his lifelong friend, Michelle Albergo. He is predeceased by his parents Josephine and Michael Sr. and his brothers Arnold and John. Michael Jr. was a longtime accomplished Yoshitsune Jujitsu Grandmaster. Soke DePasquale Jr.’s career began at age six when he studied Yoshitsune Waza Jujitsu under his father, who was among the first Grandmasters to introduce the martial art to America. Michael also developed his own Combat Yoshitsune Jujitsu system which he taught in his dojo in River Vale, NJ. At his passing, he held the prestigious rank of NiDai Soke (inheritor). Michael showcased his martial arts skills as an actor and stuntman in such films as China Heat, Bloodmoon, and many others. He was awarded many high distinctions from the martial arts community including Jujitsu America’s Hall of Fame, Blue Grass National Hall of Fame, Battle of Atlanta Hall of Fame, and many others. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Karate International magazine for many years, and judged and provided commentary at prominent martial arts events. He authored eight books providing insight into the martial arts and guidance for self-protection, and received high praise for his successful training seminars with the police and military. Michael mastered social and multimedia to share his knowledge and skills. He was an avid history buff, music enthusiast, poet, and animal lover. His beloved Yorkie “Brookie” passed away at age 15 only a few months ago. For Michael, every day was an opportunity to express his love for his friends, family, and fellow practitioners of the martial arts. Michael felt truly blessed to receive their love in kind. The family will receive guests at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood, NJ on Friday, May 19th from 2-4 & 7-9PM. A Mass celebrating Michael's life and faith will be held at R.C. Church Of The Assumption in Emerson, NJ on Saturday, May 20th at 9:30AM with private cremation to follow.

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