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Cosmo "Gus" Altomare


Cosmo Altomare, “Gus” as he was fondly known, died on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at the age of 90. He was a lifelong resident of Union City, NJ and had recently moved to Brookdale Senior Living in Wayne.

Gus graduated from Union Hill High School with the class of 1945 where he was a runner on the track team. He joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1945, just two weeks after the invasion of Normandy. By the time he finished his Basic Training, the Japanese had surrendered and the war was over. Some of his favorite Navy stories to tell were about his bouts in the boxing ring. He was discharged in 1946 and went to college to become a teacher. He taught elementary school in Hoboken for his entire career and loved it. He retired in the 1980’s after more than thirty years teaching.

As a teacher, he enjoyed the summers off from work and he spent much of that time in the Hamptons on Long Island. Fishing, crabbing, bowling, and socializing with his many friends were just a few of his favorite activities there. After retiring, Gus began taking bus trips to Atlantic City and he visited the Meadowlands Racetrack often. If you knew Gus, then you understood that he was the “essence of goodness.” He was always respectful, kind hearted and patient. He was a devoted Catholic and prayed his rosary often. His family will all miss him dearly.

Gus was predeceased by his parents; Donato (1970) and Rose (1972) and his sister, Catherine Altomare (2009). He is survived by his two brothers; Morris Altomare of Wayne, and Donald Altomare and his wife Pat of Wayne.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 9-10 AM. A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, Jan 12, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ.

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