Joseph Fiordaliso Obituary, Death – Joseph Fiordaliso June 28, 1945–September 6, 2023 New Jersey PUB president Longtime Governor Phil Murphy cabinet member Joseph L. Fiordaliso died. A proud husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor. He was 78. Angelo and Rose Fiordaliso, Italian immigrants, had their youngest son in Ironbound, Newark, in the early 20th century.
Fiordaliso gained loyalty from his loving mother Rose and work ethic from his factory-working father Angelo in a packed three-story cold-water flat on Fleming Avenue. The Newark East Side High School Student Council President election shaped Joe’s public service mindset. Joe attended Kennedy’s 1962 Columbus Day speech in Newark City Hall. The energetic young President motivated Joe to work in public service, which he remembered throughout his life.
To teach, Joe attended Montclair State College in 1963. He met Marilyn Morey. The Sound of Music at Montclair’s Bellevue Theater on their first date in Fall 1966 cemented the deal. For their wedding, he gave Marilyn a pearl teardrop necklace. Newlyweds Joe and Marilyn relocated to Livingston in 1971 and had Joe and Dana in 1973 and 1975. Strong family traditions, superb Southern Italian food, and enormous extended family celebrations marked holidays and seasons.
Fiordaliso prioritized supporting Livingston people during the tragedy. He served on crucial Township Council committees. As liaison, he admired Ruth L. Lockwood Memorial Library’s education mission. Joe volunteered with important groups. He was proud to serve on the United Way, Livingston YMCA, First Occupational Center of New Jersey, and UNICO boards, the biggest Italian American service organization in the US. Joseph was 2003 UNICO Citizen of the Year. Fiordaliso advocated education and was an Essex County College trustee.