Obituary: Joseph P. Vidulich
Joseph P. Vidulich of Montclair, an attorney, died in his home on Aug. 14, 2022, in the presence of his wife, Cindy Carlson, and other family members. He was 66.
Mr. Vidulich was born in New York City to Julia and Joe Vidulich, first-generation Americans from the former Yugoslavia, and raised in Cliffside Park. He attended Xavier High School, where he played basketball.
His dedication to his academics and to improving himself as an athlete won him the Leo F. Paquin Trophy and earned him a spot playing varsity basketball at Columbia University, where he studied history and made many lifelong friends.
After college Mr. Vidulich attended Boston College Law School and clerked for a judge in Augusta, Maine, before returning to New York to practice law. He and his wife met, in true New York City fashion, at a bar, and moved to Montclair shortly after they were married.
He worked as an attorney at several firms, spending his final 20 years practicing law at Kelley Drye & Warren in Parsippany.
Mr. Vidulich enjoyed meeting up with his college buddies and their families in different spots every summer for the Fourth of July.
With his kids, he loved to talk about current events and social reform, the New York Mets, and college and professional basketball.
He and his wife took many memorable trips together, during which they always enjoyed exploring their destination on foot.
Mr. Vidulich will be remembered for his compassion toward others, his pragmatic outlook on life, his humility in both his accomplishments and his good works, his quiet humor and his love of cats.
In his final months, he assured his children many times that he had a very good life and felt incredibly grateful for the privileges and opportunities that allowed him to achieve what he had. His family, in turn, is grateful for the privileges and opportunities that he gave them by being an unparalleled father, husband, son and friend.
Mr. Vidulich is survived by his wife, Cindy Carlson; son, Kit (Jenna, and daughter Evelyn) of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; daughter, Liz (fiancé Nathan) of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin; mother, Julia Mesich Vidulich of Southold, New York; uncle, John Mesich (Diane) of Howell; niece, Courtney Vidulich Patterson (Robert) of Senatobia, Mississippi, and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Joe, and brother, Edward Vidulich.
A funeral Mass was said on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Melanoma Research Alliance (curemelanoma.org).
Arrangements were by Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.