Carmine Paul Pizzano, 83, of Montclair, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2020.

Carmine was born on Feb. 10, 1937 in Old Forge, Pa., and his family eventually settled on Pine Street in Montclair. He met his wife Connie, the love of his life, when he was 14 years old — Carmine was the football star, an “All Metro” offensive guard and nose tackle, and Connie was the twirler.

They were married following HS graduation; and, shortly thereafter, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1956 to 1958. During his time in the Marines, he had the honor of driving CNO Admiral Burke.

Carmine served proudly in the Montclair Police Department for 26 years, reaching the rank of lieutenant prior to retirement, and also served as Local 53 PBA President. In addition, he worked in the produce department of the A&P for 33 years.

Carmine enjoyed his time in the casino, along with some of the finer things in life, including cigars, hot dogs and Coca-Cola.

Carmine was predeceased by his wife Connie, parents Paul and Josephine Pizzano, and brothers Dominick, Paul  and Raymond.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Theresa DeAngelis (Dr. Tom) of Warren Township and Cheryl McCabe (Sean) of Cedar Grove; his younger brother, Joseph; five grandchildren, Tommaso and Marcello DeAngelis, and Casey (TJ), Meaghan and Sean Paul McCabe; and many nieces, nephews, sister-in-laws, and friends who became family.

Arrangements are being made by Carmine’s dear friends at Caggiano Memorial Home.

A private burial will be held today, Thursday April 2, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to America Diabetes Association at askada@diabetes.org.

A Mass of celebration of his life will be held at a future date to be determined.