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Earl Granville Jr


Earl R. Granville, Jr. age 77 of Clifton passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 with his wife by his side. Earl was a strong, hard working man who spent his life working many hours to support his family.

He was born and raised in Carbondale Pennsylvania. He was the third oldest of fifteen children of Earl Granville, Sr. and Rosella Fortuner. He loved to tell stories of his childhood, growing up with so many siblings and being one of the oldest, he played many practical jokes on his siblings, especially his sisters. When he was not working, his favorite place to go was “back home”. He loved being back in Carbondale, visiting his family. His mother, just recently passed in December of 2011 at the age of 98. He loved to spend hours at his mom’s house talking with his brothers and sisters. One of his favorite places to be was in his mom’s kitchen at her counter top having coffee and catching up with his family. He also, enjoyed sports of all kind. One of his other favorite pastimes was on the couch with his wife watching football, especially college football and baseball. His favorite baseball team was the Boston Red Sox’s and loved to argue with any Yankee fan that came along. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and loved to watch them in their many sports they participated in and tried to make as many games as he could.

Earl graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School of Carbondale. His first job was as a farm hand milking cows, making hay, and performing all kinds of farm chores. He soon found employment in the local shoe factory before enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his service in the Marines he returned to Carbondale to find a very thin job market. Along with some of his brothers and friends, they moved to New Jersey in search of work. On the weekends, they all headed back home.

On one of his weekends at home Earl met Catherine Fabricatore at a local dance. They dated for a few years, back in forth from New Jersey to Pennsylvania until they married and she joined him in New Jersey to start their lives together as husband and wife. They married on November 3, 1962 at St Anthony’s Church in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. They honeymooned at the Echo Valley Lodge in the Pocono’s. In Novemeber of 2012 they celebrated their fifty year wedding anniversary.

They lived in Newark for a short time where Earl worked for the Thomas Electronics Company in Newark. About 1966 Earl and Kay moved to Clifton to raise their family. Earl found work at the Continental Can Company as a maintenance mechanic and served as a Union Shop Steward during his twenty years working there. Before retiring in 2002 Earl worked as a maintenance mechanic for ten years at the Marcal Paper Corporation in Elmwood Park.

Earl will be remembered as a man who: thought the world of his family, was hard working man and spent many years, with his wife by his side, remodeling their home. He enjoyed carpentry work as a hobby and made almost every piece of furniture in their home. He will also be remembered for his major conversations of sports and politics. His favorite subject was History, enjoyed watching the History channel, reading books of any and all kind of History and visiting Historical places such as Philadelphia and Williamsburg.

He was the loving husband of Catherine “Kay” Granville, devoted father of Earl R. Granville III and his wife Lori of Old Bridge and Rose Marie Loffredo and her husband Anthony of Ringwood; cherished grandfather of Veronica Granville, Melanie Loffredo, Breanna Loffredo, Christopher Loftus, Kyle Loftus, and Shannon Loftus. He was the loving brother of 7 sisters and 7 brothers. Surviving are his seven sisters, Elizabeth Opalka, Ann Barnowski and her husband Sam, Rose Greene and her husband Robert, Mary Roche and her husband James, Beatrice Okrasinski and her husband Lee, Cathy Ball and her husband PJ, Florence Palmiero. Surviving five brothers, Paul Granville and his wife Barbara, Claude Granville and his wife Judy, Alwin Granville, Harry Granville, and Philip Granville and his wife Cathy. He was the uncle of over 60 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers Joseph Granville and James Granville.

Funeral services were held privately.

Guest Book


Kay, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I have not seen the two of you driving around lately and feared that something might be wrong. Please accept our sincere condolences. Albert & Arlene Petrucciello 243 East 8th Street (your neighbors who walk the dog sometimes past your house)

Arlene Petrucciello


Kay, Earl Jr, Rosemarie, our deepest sympathy to all of you. Earl Sr., was a wonderful caring person and a true friend. We had the pleasure of knowing all of you for 40 yrs. He will forever remain in our hearts.

John and Fran Bulaga


Dear Kay, Rose Mary and Tony, and Earl and Lori. We all loved Earl so much. He was so interesting to talk to. He was such a nice person, and a great husband, father and grandfather. I always loved being around him and enjoying conversations with him. He will be sadly missed by all. I am so sorry for you loss and words can never be enough to really say what you want. I know that he really loved you all, and will be in everyone's hearts forever. He will always be around and watch over you! May God be with you and your family and with Earl. All our Love Always, Linda Loffredo and Ray.

Linda D Loffredo

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