Mario Parisi

Mario Parisi Sr.

Sunday, July 1st, 1934 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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After a life that many would admire and a story all could understand Mario Vincent Parisi, Sr. passed away peacefully at Mt.Sinai in Manhattan , NY. He was 85.

Mario was born in Newark, NJ a beloved son to the late Angelina (Policastro) and Joseph Parisi, and a beloved brother to Matthew Parisi, Sr. He lived in Newark, prior to moving to Union, NJ, then moved to Gillette in 1984.

He was a graduate of East Side High School in the Ironbound section of
Newark , NJ.

Mario was a self-made success who passed his acumen for business to his two ( 2 ) sons. In the sixties he was a hair piece manufacturer, with factories in Italy and Hong Kong and 18 stores nationwide.
He expanded his import/ export knowledge to include wines from Europe. He launched a career as a landowner, developer and builder, a restaurateur, owned a horse farm in Colts Neck, NJ where he raised thoroughbred race horses. Mario Parisi was a true Renaissance man.

Most importantly, Mario was also a compassionate, generous man, helping everyone in need. He was a teacher, he taught life lessons to all that knew him. As busy as he was he even found time for little ones who he protected, making sure they were cared for and that they received his undivided attention.

His greatest pride and love, was his family which he natured and gave to throughout his life. He taught all his children to be independent thinkers and to know no hurdle was too steep to overcome. He also taught them to appreciate the lighter side of life, with a warm approving smile and a heartfelt laugh.

Far too great of a life to be covered in a few inches of newsprint... if you ever found yourself in his company you were invited to his parties and welcomed into his fold with arms opened to the best meal imaginable, and a place at the table that was filled with his family and friends.

It must be noted Mario was grateful to the Lord for all that was bestowed upon him . He was a parishioner of St Vincent de Paul in Stirling, previously of St Michael’s in Union, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newark, NJ.

His oldest son, Joseph Mario Parisi, predeceased him on April 27, of this year.
Mario Parisi passed on Joseph’s birthday.

Mario is survived by his loving wife Tolmina Amalia Parisi, his son, Mario Parisi, JR and his wife Sharon, his two daughters Angelina Pecora, Michele Lucia Menza, and her husband Dr. Vito Menza, Eight (8) grand children, Michele, Vito JR, Thomas , Michael, Gabrielle, Mario, Danielle, and Nicole . He had four (4) great grandchildren , Tommaso, Amalia, Bella and Mia.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 4-8PM at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Road., Gillette, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Vincent’s de Paul RC Church, 250 Bebout Ave, Stirling , NJ.
Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Stony Hill Mausoleum, Watchung, NJ. For more information and online condolences visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church
    Bebout Ave
    STIRLING, NJ 07980
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Richard Carton
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Stony Hill Cemetery
    WATCHUNG, NJ 07069


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Matilda Mullen (Mount Sinai RN)

Posted at 08:11pm
My deepest sympathies to your family in this time of great loss. I hope he is warm and cozy in his Jets scarf. Your family will never be forgotten.
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Posted at 06:31pm
Dear Parisi Family So sorry for your Loss but he Definitely left a Magnificent Legacy Love Tunie & Eddie Missry & Family (Mt Sinai Hospital )
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theresa colasanti

Posted at 09:56am
I want to express my deepest sympathy to Mario family to soon after his son Joseph passing
I remember Mario as far back when he lived on Nicholas St. in Newark .
Newark lost a big piece of the puzzle after the passing of Mario.
Mario had a big heart he was so good to many people some who never look back and said thank you . I 'll never forget all the fun we had with Mario at the restaurant in Newark he loved telling stories he was a character but loved by many.
Rest in peace Mario fly high that was always your style your son Joseph is waiting for you with open arms , to sad that both of you were taken away this year from your family god always has a reason and we can't question why.

I will miss you dearly LoTheresa Colasanti


His Assaggini Di Roma friends

Posted at 03:06pm
Our hearts are filled with sadness. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and have our deepest sympathies. We will honor his memory and legacy.
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Posted at 08:03am
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" Matthew 5:4 - With Love, Kimberly & Thomas
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