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Giuseppe Antonio Granata June 12, 1937 - February 17, 2022

Date of Funeral

February 22, 2022

On February 17, 2022, Giuseppe Anthony Granata of Long Valley, NJ ascended peacefully in his sleep to his heavenly home at the age of 84.  Giuseppe was born June 12th (and 13th, according to him), 1937 in Alia, Palermo, Sicily. From age 10, he worked with his 2 brothers, Francesco and Giocchino, as a field tender on their beautifully biodiverse farm in the mountains. At 25, he immigrated to the United States with his beloved Francesca and a little one on the way for a more fruitful life. Later, in 1969, he began his first business as a landscaper and arborist. He would eventually buy his treasured farm in 1979 which would become widely known as Granata’s Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm which is now survived by his two sons. He added his heart and heritage into all the greenery he cultivated, which also made the food he grew taste that much more delicious. Giuseppe is survived by his loving wife, Francesca. This upcoming July would have marked their 60th wedding anniversary. He is also commemorated by his four children, Anthony (Diane), Concetta (Redouane), Lucia (Joseph) and Joseph (Adeline), in addition to his ten grandchildren: Francesca, Amelia, Aïcha, Veronica, Laila, Joseph, Anthony, Michael, Carmine, and Damiana. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to hundreds. Giuseppe was blessed and delighted to have lived such a long and healthy life, and to bear witness to all of his, his children’s, and grandchildren’s accomplishments.

He had a deep pride for his Sicilian-American heritage and transferred it to each one of us. His gardening, pizza baking, wine making and so much more will continue for decades to come. Giuseppe’s deep voice, infectious laugh, breathtaking song, charming whistle, and divine smile will be cherished by all as an embodiment of his spirit. Visitation hours will be on Monday, February 21, 2022 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm  & 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Mountain, Schooley’s Mtn. Road, Schooley’s Mtn., NJ. beginning at 10:45am. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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    Connie and Mike Semler says

    So sorry for your dad passing. 🙏

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    Raymond Terilli says

    My deepest sympathies. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Giuseppe. He was a great man. He was so hospitable to me when I would come to sit down with him and Francis. He would break out the wine, cheese and and deli sandwiches. I loved listening to his stories. Having clients and friends like Giuseppe has been what kept me going all these years. May you rest in peace.

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    Mary Anne Scaglione says

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sending you are deepest sympathy.

    Pat, Mary Anne and Luke Scaglione

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    Joe and Cora Hamway says

    A great man who brought his love of family, work, and food to our shores. A success by any standard, bringing his work ethic, raising a wonderful family, and building a business. W recall fondly, chatting with him at the nursery, about anything and everything, while sipping his wonderful wine. . May his family find peace, knowing he is in the arms of the Lord. Joe and Cora Hamway

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    Lisa Purcell says

    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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    Andrea & Josephine family says

    To our beloved zio pino , we will cherish all the memories that our families have had through the years . Things will not be the same without you , Riposo in Pace Ti Vogliamo tanto bene !!!

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    PAULA G, ROSELLI says

    So terribly sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May he rest with our heavenly father in eternal peace,

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      Maria, Nick and Nicolette Maietta says

      To my zio Pino
      Words can not express how sad we all are for your loss. It’s been a week that you left us, and it still seems so surreal.. You have made a huge impact on the lives of your children, grandchildren and family , and will be sorely missed . We love you Zio .❤️❤️

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    Richard S. Forfar says

    Hi Joe it’s Rich Forfar joe just told me about your father God bless him I remember him when I was a kid my condolences to you and your family!

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    Maria, Nick and Nicolette Maietta says

    To my zio Pino
    Words can not express how sad we all are for your loss. It’s been a week that you left us, and it still seems so surreal.. You have made a huge impact on the lives of your children, grandchildren and family , and will be sorely missed . We love you Zio .❤️❤️

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    Karin and Gary Hesseltine says

    We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing.God bless

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