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Leonard F. Talerico

1/3/2018



Leonard F. Talerico, Jr., age 65 of Highland Lakes, NJ, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Len is originally from Wayne and has lived in Highland Lakes since 1977.

Len grew up in the Sheffield section of Wayne and graduated from Wayne Hills High School with the class of 1970. In 1975, he began his career with the Township of Wayne. Starting out as a mechanic, he worked his way up through the ranks and eventually became the Construction Official. As a building inspector, he loved having the authority that came with the title.  Some contractors might have been intimidated by him a bit, especially with his signature outfit; a full-length overcoat, cowboy boots, Elvis-style sideburns and a hairstyle that hadn’t changed since the 1970’s. Len was surely one of a kind and he retired in 2006 after more than thirty years with Wayne Township.

Anyone who knew Len personally knew how much he loved cars. His wife estimates that he’s owned more than fifty throughout his lifetime! He was especially passionate about Corvettes and he’s owned some of the most collectible among them, including his favorite ’63 split window. He was a longtime member of the “Drifters” car club and he enjoyed bringing his cars to the local car shows. He also had a passion for unique cars, like the ’28 Plymouth he owns. He even built a Lamborghini (or the “Len-borghini as his family called it!) out of a Pontiac Fiero, using a kit he bought. In retirement, he spent most of his time restoring cars, or searching for his next project. He was also a ‘jack of all trades’ who did all of his own home improvements, built several homes for others, as well as additions and alterations. His children have reminders of their father throughout every room in their own homes. His hands have worked on too many homes to count, including just about every house on his own street. He did everything and his knowledge of all the trades was impressive, but in some cases he only knew enough to get by and keep himself out of trouble! He was also a proud member and Engineer with the Highland Lakes Fire Department.

Len met his wife Lori (nee Brinkerhoff) in high school. They were married four days after she graduated from Wayne Hills, June 17, 1973. They enjoyed a honeymoon to the Bahamas. Well, Len didn’t enjoy it so much, only because the Bahamas in June can be miserably hot, and it certainly was when they were there. Nevertheless, they have enjoyed forty-four years of marriage and Len was grateful to Lori for always being supportive of his dreams.

Len is survived by his wife; Lori (Brinkerhoff) of Highland Lakes, NJ, his son; Leonard and his wife Kelly of Vernon, April Blaine and her husband Fred of Vernon, and Amy Brennan and her husband Tom of Vernon, his mother; Katherine Talerico of Wayne, nine grandchildren; Sean, Victoria, Chandler, Brendan, Emma, Gabbi, Abby, Tristan, and Addy, two sisters; Cathy Talerico of Wayne, Linda Talerico-Romania and her husband Tony of Connecticut, and his brother; David Talerico and his wife Lisa of Wayne, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 3-7 PM. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 7 PM on Tuesday, celebrated by Fr. Michael Lombardo.

Guest Book

1/5/2018

We are so sorry to learn of Lenny's passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many I am sure! May he rest in eternal peace in god's comforting arms. Love Les and Dorrie Daniel

Dorothy and Les Daniel

1/5/2018

Dear Lori and family, After the tears of sorrow pass, I hope you all find peace and love when remembering the many happy times you shared with Lenny. My heartfelt wish of sympathy to the Talerico Family.

SHELLY O'HARA SORCE

1/5/2018

Our condolences to you and your family God bless you and all your family.

Jerry and Vera FILIP

1/5/2018

Our deepest sympathy to all the Talerico Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Camp Sunshine & Camp Snowflake

1/5/2018

Sincere condolences to the Talerico family. Lenny made the best cars!!I bought a 280 Z from him years ago!! Rest in peace!!

Joe Van Koppen

1/6/2018

Lori and family, So sorry about Lenny's passing, thoughts and prayers are with you all . May God Comfort you at this time.

Wayne and Betsy Garlick

1/6/2018

Lori and Family, I'm at a loss for words during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. May Lenny Rest in Peace. With Sincere Sympathy

Lynda Ladd

1/6/2018

VERY SAD NEWS. I LOVED LENNY. HE WAS ALWAYS A GREAT FRIEND AND INSPIRATION TO ME AND MANY PEOPLE OVER THE YEAR'S. AT WORK HE WAS A GREAT BOSS. WE MISSED LENNY WHEN HE RETIRED VERY MUCH . LENNY'S LOVE AND PASSION FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. WE SHARED A LOT OF STORIES OVER THE YEAR'S .I WILL SURELY MISS OUR FRIEND. GOD BLESS THE TALERICO FAMILY NOW AND ALWAYS. FAITH WILL BRING US ALL TOGETHER SOMEDAY. "ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING " LENNY REST IN PEACE.

COREY C ALLMANN

1/6/2018

Sad news to hear of Lenny’s passing. We had many great times during our high school years. He was a great friend and I have always cherised the fond memories of those years. Condolences to the entire Talerico family RIP Lenny.

Larry Sailer

1/6/2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of Lenny, he was a Good Man.Our condolences to the Family, May he Rest In Peace. Joe & Michele

Joe and Michele Baldassarre

1/6/2018

Oh, my Dear Lori, I am so, so sad today. I think of you all the time and what you're going through. My condolences to your three children as well. I pray for your strength and peace. God bless. Sending you and your children love and light.

Nadine Spagnuola

1/6/2018

Lori and FAMILY, we send our deepest sympathies during this tough time! Christopher & Jessica Rowe

Christopher ROWE

1/6/2018

I first met Len and Lori when I first started working for Tally' Trophy Shop. They became fast friends which quickly became family. Lori so sad to hear about Len's passing. Len RIP my dear friend.

Bernadette Klebacher

1/7/2018

I am saddened by the loss of Uncle Len. He was a wonderful uncle to me. After my grandfather's passing, Uncle Len became our patriarch in the Talerico family. I always enjoyed the time spent at every family gathering. Some of my best memories were when I went up to visit him and Aunt Lori in Highland Lakes. Uncle Len would always be in his garage working on his cars. However, he would make time to visit with me. I will always cherish all of the memories I have of him. I'm thankful of the time I have gotten with him. Aunt Lori and the rest of the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I love each one of you.

Lindsey Brennan

1/7/2018

To the entire Talerico Family.You are in our Thoughts and Prayers sorry for your loss. Len will be missed but his presence will always be felt on Oak. Jan, Tony and Children

The Anari Family

1/7/2018

So sorry to hear of this news about Lenny. We were friends in high school and although a long time ago I never forgot Lenny and his passion for cars. May he rest in peace and my thought are with his family.

Daniel Cohen

1/7/2018

I am saddened to learn of Len"s passing. I was the best man at he and Lori's wedding. We definitely burnt through some Sunoco 260 cruzin' Wayne in the 'goat'. You could always count on Lenny for help when you needed it. I'm pleased to know he lived a great life and stayed true to himself. I send heartfelt condolences to Lori, his children and the rest of the Talerico family.

Arthur Romano

1/7/2018

So sorry to hear this. My condolences to all concerned.

Bernard & Sandy Payne

1/7/2018

Uncle Lenny may you Rest In Peace. Thank you for bringing me to my first prom and most of all to my wedding in the family white car!!! I will always remember your wild vests and dress shirts!! You will be missed say hi to grandma and grandpa and uncle jimmy Love Amber

Amber Roosma

1/7/2018

Our behalf of my family I want to thank you all for your prayers and kind words. Most importantly for taking the time to jot down alittle memory that you remember about my Dad. He touched so many lives and was truly one of a kind, as Frank Sinatra said “I did it my way”. Never tried to impress in his cowboy boots, duster coat, and chops. He never cared who liked him or what they thought he truly did it his way. I will say though as much of a hard ass he tried to portray he finally broke and I got to see the softer side of him in the last few years. Even though I probably gave him most of his gray hair, they finally gave up and just fell out. Lol. We were more alike than different so we battled often. I believe he did not need blood pressure meds because I kept his blood pressure regulated with my daily screw ups and annoying phone calls. But no matter how much I pissed him off he always showed up to make sure everything was alright. I’m going to miss seeing him pull up with the dice in the mirror, cigarette in his mouth, his white T-shirt and black sweatpants. Although it still doesn’t seem real and I think I’m going to walk in the front door of his house and see him sitting in his chair, I know he’s in a better place and I am at peace that he did not suffer. We now have a guardian angel watching over us. Dad, although I wish we had more time, I’m so grateful for the time we did have. May you rest easy!!!! Love your Peanut

Amy Brennan

1/8/2018

To the Talerico Family --- I am sadden to discover this tonight. Knew Lenny back in Junior High and High School. Lori being your neighbor from our youth your loss is magnified by the long life both shared and created a Beautiful Family. Hope all your Memories provide you comfort. Ron Lynch

Ron Lynch

1/8/2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lisa & Fred Renshaw

Lisa & Fred Renshaw

1/9/2018

Lori and Family: We can't find the words to express our sorrow over Len's passing. What a terrible shame to loose such a great guy. I'll never forget all the good times we had over the years. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Jerry & Cyndi Gnade

1/10/2018

My sincere condolences to all of the Tallerico family. Had so much fun in High School with Lenny and the gang. R.I.P. my friend. May your fond memories get you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Salle

Salle Reese Carter

1/10/2018

So terribly sad to hear of your loss. What a lovely tribute to a truly one of a kind man. Thinking of you. Love, Christy

Christy Dicristina Maxfield

1/10/2018

Oh no, Lori, Linda, Tony and the entire Talerico family! My sympathy to all of you. May happy memories carry you through any dark times ahead.

Denise Swan Isacson

1/10/2018

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Talerico family.

Elizabeth (Pappaceno) Tornblom

1/11/2018

So very sorry to hear this sad news. Lenny was a good friend in high school. He spent many an evening sitting in our kitchen chatting with my parents. He was a favorite of my mom. The last time I saw Lenny, he and Lori brought their first baby to visit my family in Lake Hopatcong ... he was so proud and we were so happy for the young couple. So nice to hear that he went on to have more children and now grandchildren. I’m sure they will be a comfort to their mother. God bless you all in this sad time.

Kathi (Marmaro)Adams

1/11/2018

Lori and Family, so sorry to hear this sad news. My deepest condolences on your loss.

Bob jordan

1/11/2018

So sorry for you loss. Love and prayers to all of the family.

Barbara Roach Jenkins

1/11/2018

Lori and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Lenny.

Judy Lattimer


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