Carafello, William Louis, age 89, of Hawthorne, on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Born and raised in Paterson, William had lived in Hawthorne since 1958. He served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army. After his service, he worked as a textile dyer and was the co-owner of Standard Dyehouse in Paterson and then was a partner with Newburgh Dyeing and Finishing. William was very active, serving on the Board of Directors for the Hawthorne Boys Club, for which he received a Lifetime Service to Youth Award in 2017. He was also a former President of the Textile Foreman’s Guild. William received several awards for his service, including the Passaic County Distinguished Service Medal in honor of his service, sacrifice, and dedication to his country and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for his service in the U.S. Army. William also received the Passaic County Board of Freeholders Military Commemorative Distinguished Service Medal.
William was the beloved husband of Josephine (nee: Mingione) Carafello. Loving father of Yvonne Hrabovsky and her husband Gary of South Carolina, William V. Carafello and his wife Rita of Hawthorne and Darlene Anderson and her husband Cray of Wayne. Dear grandfather of Shannon Cusma and her husband Brandon, William J. Carafello and his wife Kelly, Erin Roe and her husband Martin, Jennifer Renberger and her husband Sean, Kimberly Gantt and her husband Josh, Melissa Sue Anderson and Kristen M. Anderson. Dearest great-grandfather of Bailey, Annaclaire, Parker, Liam and Samantha. William was loved and cherished by his family. He always had a smile on his face and never complained.
Funeral will depart at 9:00am on Monday, April 15, 2019, from the Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, for a 9:30am funeral mass at St. Anthony R.C. Church in Hawthorne. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-5pm and may send flowers or memorial donations to the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The association was founded in 1924 and today is the nation's largest national voluntary health agency devoted to defeating heart disease and stroke, which together claim about 950,000 lives each year and rank as our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. To prevent, treat and ultimately defeat these diseases, the association funds research, creates and implements professional and public education programs focusing on improving emergency care and reducing risk factors, holds community service activities and engages in advocacy efforts to safeguard American's health.