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Donald Needleman


Donald Needleman, age 86 of Vernon passed away peacefully on Monday January 1, 2018 while receiving the loving care of his family.

Don was born and raised in Brooklyn and as a young man enlisted in the United States Army. After his basic training, Don was assigned to the famous 101st Airborn Division which was an elite modular specialized light infantry division trained for air assault operations. He served very honorably with the US Army from 1951 till 1953 during the Korean Conflict. Being part of an elite division like the 101st Airborn was something that Don was very proud to be part of.

Following Don’s discharge from the US Armed Forces, he earned a position as a salesman with Sherman Williams Paint Company, where he became one of their top salesman. Following Sherman Williams, Don started his own business while still a young man. Don built this company, All Maintenance Products Inc. located in Riverdale, NJ. Don nurtured and constructed his business so well that his success allowed him to retire at the young age of forty-five. Don enjoyed his retirement and took the opportunity to travel throughout the world. There weren’t many places in the world where Don had NOT visited.

Don lived in Wayne for several years before moving to Franklin Lakes. He moved to Vernon approximately ten years ago. After being retired for several years, Don decided it was time for him to get back to work. He obtained his Real Estate License and took a position at Preakness Realty where he worked for ten years.

Don was a member of the Indian Trail Club for many years in Franklin Lakes where he made long lasting friendships. Don was the kind of person that was always seeking to promote the welfare of others, especially to good causes and people who were in need. He was an avid reader and extremely erudite. Don cherished many years of a loving relationship with his wife Patricia. He was an extremely generous man and always held providing for his family his top priority in his life. Don was a very gifted human being. He touched the lives of many people and will be missed by his family and friends alike.

Don is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (Lawler) of Vernon and is survived by his step-children Edward Lawler and his wife Kristine of Annandale, Gregory Lawler and his wife Gioia of Parsippany, and Thomas Lawler of Little Falls, and six grandchildren; Kristyn, Lyndsay, Madeline, Marissa, Cassandra, and Trevor. He is also survived by his sons from his first marriage Gary Needleman, Brad Needleman, and Brian Needleman.

Friends may visit with the family from 6-9PM on Monday January 8, 2018 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Don’s name to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka,











Guest Book


I met Don when I first went on the road as a salesman in 1960 and he became one of my first customers. He remained a business associate of mine for many years, and we became very good friends. Don was one of my best and most loyal friends. Even after my move to Florida in 2004, we spoke regularly by phone, swapping stories about the things we’d experienced in life and in business, and exchanging birthday and holiday greetings. My wife, Jo, and I will always remember his sense of humor, generosity and loyalty – in both friendship and business. We will miss him more than words can express. Jo and I extend our deepest sympathies to Pat and all the surviving family members. Ray & Jo Smith Bradenton, FL

Ray Smith


Pat we are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Love Myra and Joe

Joe & Myra Romagnino


I knew Don through his wonderful brother Harvey who died too young many years ago. I remember Harvey's stories about his loving and supportive family including his brother Don. Of course, his mother was always the favorite! Harvey touched so many lives in such loving and incredible ways and it appears that Don did too. They lived significant lives and contributed much to those around them. Arline Lowe

Arline Lowe

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