James Venezia

James W "Dippy" Venezia

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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Obituary

James Venezia, 64, of Verona, formerly of Montclair, passed away on Tuesday January 8, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, January 14, at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Verona, with an interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair. Visiting will be on Sunday, January 13, from 3-7pm at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St, Montclair. Caggianomemorial.com.

James was predeceased by his father, Elmer, and mother, Katie. He is survived by his two brothers, Robert and Jack, sisters-in-law, Pat and Helen, and a niece, Katie.

James, a devout Catholic, attended Mass and received the Eucharist on a daily basis. He also had a strong devotion to our Blessed Mother and was an ardent advocate for our unborn innocents.

James attended Immaculate Conception High School from 1968-1972 and received his baccalaureate degree in mathematics from Montclair State College in 1977. After he graduated from MSC, he went on to work at Prudential. He was a computer systems analyst there for 25 years.

As a young boy, “Dip” always enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball and basketball. “Dip” had various volunteer coaching positions while he was studying at MSC and afterwards. In the mid 1970’s, he was the CYO boys’ basketball coach for Immaculate Conception grammar school, and, a few years later, he assisted his high school coach, Joe Lennon, with the ICHS baseball program. From 1977-1982, “Dip” joined his brother, Jack, as an assistant coach with the James Caldwell Post #185 American Legion baseball team. In 1977 and ’78, Post #185 won back to back New Jersey state titles, and in 1978, “Dip” and Jack led their baseball team to the Mid-Atlantic Championship and a 3rd Place finish in the ’78 American Legion World Series in Yakima, Washington. After an absence from coaching for a number of years due to work schedule constraints, “Coach V” became an assistant baseball coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy when asked by his long-time friend, Ralph Pacifico. “Dip” was actively engaged as an assistant coach and an advance scout at MKA for over 15 years.

After the death of James’s father, Elmer, in 1999, James undertook the responsibility of providing and caring for his beloved mother, Katie, who was deceased in January, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Verona Rescue Squad, or LIFENET (Respect for Life Office) 171 Clifton Ave. Newark NJ 07104.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Caggiano Memorial
    Address
    62 Grove St
    MONTCLAIR, NJ
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  • Service

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of the Lake Church
    Address
    26 Lakeside Ave
    VERONA, NJ
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    Guests, Please meet directly at church 10am
  • Interment

    Location
    Immaculate Conception Cemetery
    Address
    712 Grove St
    Upper Montclair, NJ
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  • Reception

    Location
    American Legion Post #185
    Address
    303 Bloomfield Ave
    CALDWELL, NJ
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Brian Lauther

Posted at 07:47am
One of the very best human beings I ever had the pleasure of meeting in all my years on this earth. Decent, caring and just a wonderful, wonderful person to have in your life, I am extremely sad tonight, the world lost one of the really good ones.
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Beata

Posted at 09:52am
I was profoundly shocked and heartbroken to hear of James passing; he was a dear friend and had helped me in so many ways. My heart and prayers go out to his family who have suffered so much loss. I regret I did not know about this to be able to say good bye and this hurts my heart and makes it much harder to accept; however, knowing him as I did I see he has fulfilled his destiny and can now fly free with the angels. It gave him great joy to care for his lovely mother whom I had the great privilege to meet on several occasions... Rest in peace my dear friend but know you have made a great impact on many and you will be greatly missed to say the least.....
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Neil P Maxwell

Posted at 10:17pm
Shocked to hear of Jim's passing. Great guy will be profoundly missed. Fond memories of the summers around the Immaculate playground and Jim always around. My friend Bernadine Valente who worked with Jim at Prudential, as I did also, just called me and gave me this very sad news. Loved Jim's passion for baseball and back in the sixties his passion for Pete Rose and the Cincinnati Reds. He had the same kind of strut as PR. So many condolences to his family says it all about how beloved he was. RIP Jim.
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TM

Posted at 11:25pm
Dippy and I attended 12 years at Immaculate togethet In sports he was always a team player and would recognized you for individual contributions and improvement. The class of. 1972 was the last class with a very low number of boys as football returned to Immacullare the next class year so for a while Dippy was the only boy in 9A until he was moved mid year to 9C to join the few other boys in that class. He said when I asked him that he did not mind being the only boy with of those girls while it lasted. Always a good and supportive friend I will miss the opportunity to see him again and remember the good times we had together My condolences to his family and older brothers Jackie and Bobby. Tom Mc Hugh 72
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Phil McHugh

Posted at 07:32pm
Sincere condolences to the Venezia family. Dippy was the nicest young kid and became quite a man. Though I have't played ball with him in 48 years, he still lives in my heart. RIP, little Dip.
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