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Zoran Milorad Filipovic


Zoran Milorad Filipovic age 47 of Poughquag, NY passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday January 8, 2018 while receiving the loving care of his family.

Zoran was born in Livingston, NJ and lived in West Paterson and lake Hopatcong before moving to Poughqaug, NY. When Zoran turned two years old his family moved back to their homeland in Serbia. It was in Serbia where Zoran spent his formative years and after graduating High School returned to the United States to further his education. He was accepted to Delhi State University of New York. Zoran attended Delhi State University for two years and then transferred to the prestigious Ivy League school, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It was at Cornell University where Zoran graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. On September 23, 2000 Zoran married the love of his life Marija (Arandjelovic). They were married at St John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Paterson. Zoran and Marija cherished seventeen years of loving and loyal marriage together.

Following his graduation, Zoran went to work at as a Veterinarian’s assistant for about two years. Zoran then earned a position as a scientist at Hoffman LA Roche in Nutley, NJ where he spent the next fourteen years. Hoffman LA Roche eventually closed up and Zoran and his family relocated to Poughquag, NY where he took a position as Senior Scientist with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Zoran and his family would call Poughquag their home until his passing.

Zoran was a driven man and quite brilliant and devoted to his Orthodox Faith. Aside from his love of Science, Zoran was an avid fisherman of all types, including freshwater, fly, and deep sea to name just a few. But apart from his career, hobbies, and interests, Zoran’s greatest love was for his family, nothing meant more to him than providing for and spending time with his wife and children. Zoran was an extraordinary person who touched the lives of many people and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Zoran is survived by his wife Marija (Arandjelovic) of Poughquag, NY, two sons Stojan Garanovic of Stanhope, and Nikola Filipovic of Poughquag, one daughter; Danijela Filipovic of Poughquag, NY, his mother Mirjana Filipovic of Poughquag, NY, and one sister Biljana Filipovic of Belgrade, Serbia. He was predeceased by his father Milorad Filipovic in 2008.

Friends and loved ones may visit with the family from 2-4 and 7-9PM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ. Funeral Services will be held 10:30AM on Saturday January 13 at St John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church, 119 Carlisle Ave, Paterson, NJ.

Interment will be in Laurel Grove Memorial Park, 295 Totowa Rd, Totowa, NJ.

Guest Book


My thoughts and prayers go out to Zoran's family. I had the pleasure of meeting Zoran at Cornell. He was a great friend and loved by many. God Bless.

Joseph Barreto


My deepest condolences primaj te sauceste od pedja I marko Rajkovic may Gid be with you and ur family I am deeply sorry

Pedja Rajkovic


My deepest condolences to all his family. He was a kind and gentle person who greeted everyone with a joyous smile.

Laura Pentassuglia


My deepest sympathy to Zoran's family and friends. A life cut too short he was a very kind person and will be missed by all. I hope his loved ones will find some peace in knowing he will forever be their angel looking over them.

Lisa Fontana


Sending my deepest condolences to all of Zoran's family and friends. I had the great pleasure of knowing Zoran while working at Roche. He had such a kind happy soul and was always a pleasure to speak with. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Chrissy Cumberton


Dear Marija, Stojan, Danijela and Nikola, We, are so deeply sorry for your loss. Z was an amazing man. We, only got together once a year at Lake Vanare but in July we would just pick up were we left off. It didn't seem like a year had passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this horrible time. I wish we lived closer so we could say goodbye. RIP Z you will be missed. Love Wayne, Carol, Corey and Casey xoxox

The Dimick Family


My thoughts and prayers for everyone in the family. Family and friends- Words can not express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. May God give you all the streghts to help you with your loss. Love Judy Flores

Judy Flores


Dear Marija, My heart aches for you and your family. Zoran was such a kind soul. I was fortunate to get to know him when I returned to Nutley in 2001. He was a delight to speak with and a tremendous help on the project we worked on together. He will be missed by all who knew him. Best wishes to you and your family.

Bradford Graves


My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Zorans family. I had the pleasure of having Zoran as a colleague throughout our career in the tumor biology group at Roche in Nutley. I am fortunate to have known him not only as a colleague but blessed to call him my friend. He was my “brotha Z”. I will always remember him as a generous and kind hearted man who spoke always of his family and lived life to the very fullest. May God bless his family through this difficult time and may Zoran Rest In Peace.

Melissa Smith


There are no words to express how terribly saddened we are for your family. Maura has treasured her friendship with Danijela over the past year and a half. Your family has been so kind and loving to Maura. Our hearts are broken for this terrible, sudden loss. With love and support to all of you, The Kelly Family

Colleen Kelly


Dear Marija, Debi and I are truly heart-broken for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Zoran was a faithful friend and a great co-worker. I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with him at Roche and Regeneron. Once you met him, he welcomed you in to his inner-circle and you felt like you had known him for years. His love for his family and his passion for life is what I'll remember most about him. Rest in peace Z-man

Tom Nevins


We are all heartbroken. There really are no words...It is with heartfelt sympathy that we pray that God may give you strength. Sending hugs to our buddy Nikola.~Love to you all, Your Acorns to Oaks family

Acorns to Oaks


My thoughts and prayers are with you Marija, your children, and extended family. Zoran was a treasure to all lucky enough to know him. Loyal, kind, and bringing joy (and lots of fun!) wherever he went. We worked together at Roche, where he was very dedicated to cancer research, but also talked about you, his loving family, each and every day. I am heartbroken and forever grateful to have called Zoran a friend. May he rest in peace.

Kathryn Packman


Dear Marija, Stojan, Danijela and Nikola, We are so very sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Zoran's family. May God bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. If we can help in any way, please don't hesitate.

The Brettholtz Family


Dear Marija and Family, So sorry to hear about your loss. Zoran was as warm and generous a person as we have ever met! What a great guy!! He will not be forgotten. We share your grief and sadness. You will always have your wonderful memories of him to comfort you. Love, Mary & Steve

Mary & Steve Hanley


Dear Marija, Stojan, Nicola and Danijela, My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at the tragic and sudden loss of Zoran. He was remarkably kind to everyone. He was dedicated to you and a bright and committed scientist, intent on impacting cancer patient care through excellent science and team work. He was always a positive force in the Roche organization and I am honored to have known him.

Mary Simcox

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