JAMES L. TAORMINA, age 90, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed on March 15, 2020. James was born in Garfield, NJ and lived there for 28 years before moving to Saddle Brook in 1960.
James was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War and was a longtime member and Past Commander of Garfield VFW Post 2867. James was a self employed Mason and later became Construction/Building Official of the borough of New Milford, where he was actively employed. He also served as Building Inspector in Saddle Brook and Englewood. He was also former President of the Bergen-Passaic Building Inspectors Association.
James was the third person from New Jersey to succumb to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 15th, 2020. James was very active and had no underlying health conditions right up to his passing. He had recently been honored with a surprise 90th birthday celebration with over 125 people attending and had also gone snowmobiling just a few weeks before his passing. In the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in early March, James was not feeling well at home and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center on March 13th, 2020. Within 2 days of arriving at the hospital, James would pass away on March 15, 2020. Due to the outbreak of the pandemic and public health concerns at the time of his passing, no funeral services were conducted and he was laid to rest at a limited attended service at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Paterson, NJ.
James is survived by his three sons, James Taormina and his wife Starre, Jay Taormina and his wife Diana, and Ronald Taormina and his wife Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren James Taormina Jr. and his wife Kira, Thomas Taormina, Katrina Taormina, Alexis Taormina and Luis Sierra, as well as great-grandchildren Makala, Taormina, Zachary Taormina and Justin Sierra. James is also survived by many nieces and nephews. James is predeceased by his beloved wife Jeanette in August 2019 and his 4 brothers and 5 sisters.
A memorial gathering and service is planned for Saturday October 3rd, 2020 from 2-5PM at Kugler Community Home For Funerals 311 Fifth Street Saddle Brook, NJ.