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George Bondarenko


George Bondarenko, age 58 of Wayne, died on Saturday, May 12, 2017. He had battled prostate cancer for nearly nine years.

George was raised in Totowa and graduated from Passaic Valley High School with the class of 1976. He went on to graduate from NJIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took his first job with Boeing in Seattle, Washington and happened to be living there when Mt. St. Helens erupted in May of 1980. Although he was safely living more than one hundred miles from the volcano, he recalled the daily routine of cleaning the ash off of his car before he could drive anywhere. Living so far from home didn’t sit well with him and when the freezer was empty of his mother’s home cooked meals, he decided to move back home to New Jersey. He then took a job at Picatinny Arsenal where he worked for a few years before joining his father at the family business; Totowa Precision Tooling, Inc. on Riverview Drive in Totowa. George was much more than a “boss” at Totowa Precision; he became endeared by his staff and customers alike. Many of them visited him during his illness, expressing their gratitude for his friendship and compassion. He touched many lives during his career and one of his former employees summed it all up when he told George; “you’re the best boss I ever had.”

George met his wife, Patricia (McCrudden) in 1982 and after dating for a few years, he took her to the Woodcliff Lake Inn where he proposed. They married on October 26, 1985 at St. John’s Church in Hillsdale, followed by a honeymoon at Barbados. They lived in Fair Lawn, NJ for about five years before moving to Wayne in 1991. Throughout the years, they enjoyed traveling, annual July vacations to Pine Lake Manor in the Catskills, and just recently spent a long weekend in Nashville. They created many great memories together during their thirty one years of marriage, and Patty will hold onto those forever.

George was simply an all-around “good guy” and a terrific dad. He took wonderful care of his family, but was the best dad that his daughters could have ever hoped for. He learned the game of soccer just so he could coach them and although he never played the game growing up, George became a coach with the Wayne Soccer Club. There were many days while he was at work, George would study soccer rules and strategy on his computer, working hard just to learn the game – and he did! He strived to be the best he could be for his girls and he never missed a game. But it wasn’t just soccer; George did everything with the girls and he was a very ‘hands-on’ kind of dad. His family was precious to him, and the pictures that fill his office tell that story clearly. But George did have a second love; his pitbull Jasmine, and she was like another daughter to him. Even the screen-saver on his computer was a big picture of her, and she always held a special place in his heart. Surely they shared a special bond that perhaps only another pitbull owner might be able to understand, and Jasmine has been grieving, along with the rest of the family, ever since George passed away Friday. They each have wonderful memories to cherish, but they will all miss him dearly nonetheless.

George is survived by his beloved wife of thirty five years; Patricia “Patty” of Wayne, his three daughters; Kristen Bondarenko of Morristown, Jaclyn Bondarenko and her fiancé Steve Karas of West New York, and Katheryn “Katie” Bondarenko of Wayne, his mother; Maria Bondarenko of Totowa, and two sisters; Irene Upritchard and her husband Douglas of Totowa, and Tina Sili and her husband Dean of Hardyston. George was predeceased by his father Wasyl.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 10 AM from the funeral home, then to St. Mary's RC Church, Pompton Lakes, where at 11 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Laurel Grove Memorial Park Cemetery in Totowa.

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My thoughts & prayers are with your family. May you find comfort from the memories & love you shared. Godspeed.

Stephanie Sorensen Pritchard


Our most sincere sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with your family. May you find peace and comfort. With Love and Kindness...Lorraine & Clay

Lorraine & Clay Hughes


We were saddened to hear of George's passing. We fondly remember his coaching the girls' soccer team and have many good memories of those days. He surely was one of the "good" guys. May his legacy and the many good memories you have offer you some comfort in the days ahead. Our sincerest condolences!

Karen, Jim and Kristen Giblin


So sorry to hear of the passing of George. He was truly one of the good guys. Please accept our deepest condolences and may all of the wonderful memories sustain you during this time of sadness. Thoughts and prayers coming your way. With love and sympathy, Louisa, Mark and Lauren Tett

Louisa Tett


Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.

Joe Shari Iler


So very sorry to hear this news; my deepest condolences to Patty and the Bondarenko family. I am sending you my love at this difficult time.

Eve Robinson


Our sincere condolences to Bondarenko Family. Those coaching days will hold treasured memories for us. Not only was he was a great coach to my daughter's team but he was highly respected just who he is. And to Patty and the the girls- hold dear the memories and to know his pain is gone.

Jeannie Lee


Sympathy and prayers to the Bondarenko Family. We fondly remember George from our Wayne Soccer Club days.

Anne, Don and Caitlin Heffern


I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your husband back from our newcomers club days and when the girls were little. May God give you strength during this difficult time.

Barbara Sellix


I am so sorry for your loss and Sincere condolences to Bondarenko Family . George was very kind, forgiving and my Good Friends. I will miss Him a Lot.

Jass Sidhu


George was Simply the Best!! A Great Friend and Business Associate.. I will miss him Dearly..

Frank Occidentale


I am shocked! After graduation in 1980 we all went our separate ways. The group of us reconnected a few years ago and starting meeting for dinner every Christmas. I did not know he was battling this in private. My heart is broken. God bless you all and know that our prayers are with him and with you.

Tony DeRosa


Our sincere sympathies on your Family's loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Janice Gleason


Oh cousin George, you were the sweetest man and you will be missed forever. My family loves your family so much and we have the fondest memories growing up together at family gatherings.. I will continue to pray for your sisters, Patty and your beautiful daughters. With deepest sympathy. Love you.

Sonia Kulyk


The world has lost a good man, father and husband. Our prayers are with Patty and the girls to give them strength during this sorrowful time.

Eileen and John Divers


From an old college friend and reunited friend.... George will sorely be missed....Truly a great caring person that will be missed by all....With deepest sympathy to the Bondarenko family. Wayne Kudenchak

Wayne Kudenchak

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