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Arthur D Cangialosi

3/8/2017



Arthur D. Cangialosi, 84 of Wayne, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Having attained his B.S. and M.E. from Newark College of Engineering, Art had been a Mechanical Engineer with Curtis-Wright and Singer-Kearfott throughout his career. He remained active with the “650 Club,” a group of retired Singer-Kearfott employees who met monthly at the Barnyard in Totowa to reminisce about their days at Singer.

Art was raised in Garfield and Clifton, graduating from Clifton High School in 1949. A very bright student, Art was also a stellar athlete. Throughout his entire life he played competitively, including tennis, softball, basketball, and hand ball. He played well into his 70’s on several teams before slowing down. On a recent, memorable occasion, Art was at the church picnic and he was encouraged to join the softball game. At 81 years old, no one was expecting what happened; Art swung at the first pitch, driving it right past the pitchers head and well into the outfield, right between the 2nd baseman and shortstop! He took off running, rounded 1st base and went sliding into 2nd! Everyone there thought he had broken his hip, or worse, and would surely need to be rushed to the hospital. But Art defied them all as he got up, wiped off the dirt, and remained “safe” at 2nd base! He was fine and raring to go! If you knew Art, then you know that there was simply no way to slow him down. Art was also a model airplane enthusiast and he belonged for decades to The North Jersey Soaring Society which met in Boonton. He previously belonged to the Circle Burners, flying control line planes and has been designing and building planes since his teen years. Art’s obsession with model planes and his career work were ironic since he was afraid of heights, and refused to get on a plane himself!

Art was blessed to have met the true love of his life in Doris Hempstead. The two of them together created their own whirlwind – never able to sit still, they were always on the go and doing some sort of athletic or social activity. They purchased a home together at Lake Mohawk in Sparta and loved all that the community had to offer. Art took great care of Doris when she became ill and he nursed her until she passed in 2013.

Art is survived by his two children; Laura O’Connell and her husband Glenn of Pequannock, and Kurt Hempstead and his wife Jackie of Pompton Plains, six grandchildren; Heather, Samantha Brooke, Daniel, Taylor, Georgiana, and Trevor, as well as his dear friend; George Hardman.

The family invites friends to gather at the Preakness Reformed Church, Church Lane in Wayne, at 11:30 AM on Sunday, March 19, 2017 for a committal service in the church cemetery.  

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