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Joseph F. Pillar



Joseph F. Pillar age 86 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 15, 2017 with his loving family by his side.

Joseph was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. After graduating from Eastside High School, Joe worked for his dad, driving their family coal truck. He worked for his father for about three years and then decided in 1951 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps at Camp LeJunne. Joseph’s service in the Marine Corps lasted from 1951 to 1953. During the first year of his service, Joe was at the Falls View Grill with some friends when he met a lovely young lady by the name of Ann Ciarlo. They started dating, and after a wonderful and romantic courtship of several years they were married. Joe and Ann were married in St Anthony’s RC Church in Paterson and honeymooned in Canada at Niagara Falls.

When Ann and Joe were first married they stayed in Paterson and lived on 21st Street. They were there for a short time and then rented a house from their aunt on Front Street, also located in Paterson. In 1961, Joe and Ann moved to Wayne, NJ. It was here in Wayne where they would spend the rest of their lives together and raise their two daughters JoAnn and Debbie. Joe and Ann cherished sixty years of loving and loyal marriage together.

Following Joe’s honorable discharge from the US Marine Corps, he earned a position as a Scrap Gang Leader for the Continental Can Company in Paterson. Joe worked there for twenty-seven years until he was forced into an early retirement in 1981 due to the closing of the company. Joe felt he was too young for retirement and didn’t waste much time finding another job. He landed a job as an owner/operator for a company called Northern Valley Courier where he worked for seventeen years. He then tried his hand at retirement once again in 1998. It didn’t fare very well for Joe, he got bored quickly and again went out looking for work. Joe then got yet another job driving for 002 Auto Parts in 1999 and worked there until 2013. Joe finally retired in 2013 due to some health conditions, but nothing could keep him still. If Joe could have worked for the rest of his life, he would have, nothing could stop him.

Aside from his outstanding work ethic, Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. He took annual trips to Wyoming where he would go deer hunting. He would often take his two daughters fishing with him, as well as his grandchildren. Joe and his family would take annual trips to St Petersburg, FL during the last week in July to the first week in August. He was also a New York Giants and New York Mets fan. But aside from Joe’s passion for work, hunting, and fishing, his greatest thrill and love was for his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather, as well as a loving and dedicated husband. Nothing came between Joe and his family. He was caring, generous and full of energy throughout his entire life. He was an extraordinary person who touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him.

Joe was the loving husband of Ann Pillar (nee Ciarlo) of Wayne, devoted father of JoAnn Stinnard and her husband Donald of Pompton Lakes, and Debbie Arena also of Pompton Lakes, cherished grandfather of Michelle Warren and her husband Eric, Aimee Pires and her husband Dan, Mark Stinnard, Dale Arena, Jenna Arena and her boyfriend Ryan Kennedy, and Shane Stinnard and his wife Becki, loving great-grandfather of Nathan Pires, Nicholas and Jake Warren, beloved sister to Dolores Smith. Joe was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Rose (Buccieri) Pillar and his sister Mary Schlereth.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday February 17, 2017 from 4-8PM at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ.

A funeral service will be offered on Saturday February 18, 2017 at the funeral home starting a 9:30AM. Entombment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 52 Totowa Rd, Totowa, NJ 07512.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s name may be made to Grace Healthcare Services, Raritan Plaza III, 105 Fieldcrest Ave., Suite 402, Edison, NJ 08837-3628 (, or Alzheimer’s New Jersey, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365 (




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Fond memories and always a mentor in my life. Rest in Peace cousin. Semper Fi Cousin Dennis

Dennis Oricchio


Joanne,Don and family We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories of happy times bring you comfort in the coming days.

Mike and Sue McIntyre


Rest in peace now, Uncle Joey. Your smile will be missed. Hugs to all! Our thoughts are with you. Love, Lynda, Andy, and Chris

Lynda Smith


JoAnn, Don, Ann and Debbie and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Joe always had a nice smile and hello for us when we see him! Fondly, Peggy and Larry DeMaio and Family

Peggy DeMaio


You will be forever missed, Uncle Joey. So sorry to all that we could not make it out there for the services. Love, Lisa, Jimmy & Felicia

Lisa Smith


I will love you and miss you always, dear brother Joe. You were always here for me and I was proud to call you "brudder." Despite our age difference, we were always close. You let me tag along and we had fun going to Stokes State Forest, etc. Everyone was enriched by your friendship, and if they knew you, they loved you. Rest in peace. Love, your sister Dolores

Dolores Smith

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