Vincent Rocco Abatemarco, 65, of Allamuchy, NJ, died on Monday, April 6, 2020, at Hackettstown Medical Center after a brief battle with the COVID-19 disease. Born on January 10, 1955, in Munich, Germany to Thomas and Margaretha (Bauer) Abatemarco, he moved with his parents and brothers to the United States in 1961 at age six, traveling aboard the S.S. America. Vinny’s father, who had worked for Radio Free Europe after serving in the United States Army in France and Germany, returned to his native New York City to work for Time magazines. The family settled in Englewood, NJ, after a brief stay in Brooklyn, NY. Vinny attended Roosevelt School in Englewood and St. John the Evangelist School in Leonia, NJ before graduating from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood. He also attended Northampton Community College.
Vinny married the love of his life Geraldine (Geri) Burns on November 13, 1976 in Leonia, NJ and moved to Cliffside Park, NJ before residing in Bergenfield, NJ, Stroudsburg, PA, and most recently Panther Valley in Allamuchy, NJ. He was a devoted husband and father, and a good friend to many. Extremely generous with his time, he always lent a hand when needed as he was very handy and could solve any problem. He had a fun-loving sense of humor that he freely shared. An avid traveler, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia for business but particularly enjoyed vacations with Geri in Palm Springs, California and Palm Beach, Florida. He also enjoyed a life-long interest in photography, relaxing poolside with a good book, grilling for his family (cheeseburgers being a specialty), and his beloved dog Sammy.
He spent the early part of his career in movie theater management before spending the following 37 years in the international cargo-container industry, most recently as Terminal Manager for Integrated Industries, where he specialized in the large-scale modification of shipping containers to specialized uses, including his management of the buildout of Island Oyster on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Prior to that, he was with Intermodal Transportation Services, a division of GAB Business Services; Unicon International of San Francisco; Italian ocean carrier Lloyd Trestino; and TRS Container Services.
Vinny was predeceased by his parents, brother Michael and sister-in-law, Kathy. He is survived by his beloved wife, Geri, their two daughters, Christine and Denise, daughter-in-law Jessica Dawes, brother John Abatemarco, nieces Tatiana Jenss, Nicole Caraballo, and Tiffany Abatemarco as well as two grand nieces and two grand nephews. He was looking forward to welcoming his first grandson in July 2020.
A mass of Christian burial and funeral services will be held at the Church of Good Shepherd in Andover, NJ on a later date when friends and family may safely gather to pay their respects. Internment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey. Memorial donations in Vinny’s honor can be made to the American Cancer Society.
May 21st, 2020 1:56 pm
Dear John & Family,
I worked with Vinny many moons ago at Unicon International. I always remember him as being extremely helpful and kind. I am so sorry for your loss.
RIP forever Vinny.
May 8th, 2020 8:32 pm
My Sincerest sympathies to the Abatemarco Family. I’ve worked with Vinny for the last 5 years. I will miss his calm demeanor and constant willingness to always do right by everyone he’s worked with. This was a big loss to our company, family and friends. He will always be remembered and in our prayers.
May 7th, 2020 5:46 am
Geri, My deepest condolences to you, Christine, Denise, and Jessica. All the years you have been married
it is still so obvious how deeply you love Vinny. A love like that goes on for eternity, you will find each other
April 24th, 2020 10:20 am
My thoughts with you and your family. I worked with Vinny and was such a sweet man. May he rest easy
April 20th, 2020 8:36 am
To the Abatemarco Family I am very sorry for your loss. Vinny was a very nice person and a pleasure to work with, he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
April 17th, 2020 6:10 pm
My sincere condolences to the family. Jimmy will be missed. He was so kind and respectful. I will cherish his memory. God bless and may he Rest In Peace
William M. Tsonis
April 14th, 2020 3:27 pm
So sorry to hear about Vinny. I worked with Vinny for a bunch of years. He will be missed.
April 13th, 2020 3:52 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Vinny was also such a sweet soul and I will keep his family in my prayers.
April 12th, 2020 7:19 pm
Denise, I’m so sorry for your loss. We’re all thinking about you up here & sending you our love.
April 11th, 2020 11:30 am
Sorry to hear about the loss of sweet, Vinny. Sending love to his family and friends as they grieve his passing.
April 11th, 2020 10:48 am
So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. My thought and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Susan Koeppen
April 11th, 2020 10:22 am
We are so sorry about your loss. We are so heartbroken losing Uncle Jimmy. Sending all our love and prayers.
April 10th, 2020 2:01 pm
Geri - On behalf of the family of Uncle Rocco and Aunt Anita, we send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We will remember all of you in our prayers.
Lisa, Michael, Anne (Newton) and Christine (Laurita)
April 10th, 2020 1:43 pm
GERI, WE ARE SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT "Jimmy - as we knew him)" Please accept condolences from me and my family. Louise
April 10th, 2020 1:39 pm
I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Please know that you & your family will be remembered in my prayers.
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