Frank R. Galante

Died: Tue., May 31, 2016


1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 02, 2016
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 03, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 03, 2016
Location: Union Location

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Sat., Jun. 04, 2016
Location: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

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Frank R. Galante

Funeral Home Director, Patriarch of the Galante Family

Frank R. Galante, 93 of South Orange and Boca Raton Fla., formerly of Vailsburg, Newark passed away peacefully on May 31, 2016.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 259 Oliver Street Newark on Saturday at 10:30 AM. Entombment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1-5 PM and Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Galante Funeral Home, 2800 Morris Ave. Union.

Born in Newark, Mr. Galante lived in the Ironbound Section before moving to Vailsburg in 1950, and finally to South Orange in 1978. He proudly served his country in the Navy attached to the 4th Marine Division during World War II, seeing action as a Corpsman in Saipan, Iwo Jima and Tinian. After the War, Frank attended McAllister School of Embalming in New York City, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1947, and earning New Jersey License #1842. He worked with his mother Elvira Galante (nee Biondi) and brothers Richard & Joseph for the Galante Funeral Home in the Ironbound Section, eventually expanding to new locations on Sandford Avenue in Vailsburg in 1950, Union in 1965, and Caldwell in 1974. Always a forward thinking leader in his profession, he was elected President of the National Funeral Director's Association in 1973.

As a well respected man, Mr. Galante's strong and authoritative presence, though intimidating to some, really encapsulated his persona. His piercing whistle commanded your attention if he didn't already have it. A mentor and friend to many, he expected only the best. He was the picture of class at every level, and through his eight decades of service, guided countless families through the most difficult time of their lives. He was most passionate about his funeral homes, and he ran his business until he physically couldn't climb the office stairs anymore. Mr. Galante grew his funeral homes with reverence and compassion, and eventually saw his sons, daughters-in-law, nephew Richard J. Galante, Jr. and grandsons join him. He taught them all his passion for service, held them to the highest of expectations, and groomed them to carry on his legacy. A member of many organizations throughout his career, including Past-President of the Vailsburg Lions Club, Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Regina Pacis Council #4066 Vailsburg, Creator of the Joseph P. Lordi Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Member of the Joseph P. Miele Foundation, Past-President of the State Board of Mortuary Science of NJ, Past-Commander of Amvets Post #56 of Newark, Past-President of the Columbian Foundation, Member of Essex, Union and West Hudson Funeral Director's Association, NJ State Funeral Director's Association, and National Funeral Director's Association.

Frank was the beloved husband of 67 years to Frances (nee Vasselli); loving father of Frank Galante and his wife Brenda, Victor J. Galante and his wife Francine, and Steven M. Galante and his wife Loretta; proud grandfather of Victor Galante II and his wife Krystal, Dina Galante, Steven Galante, Cara Scagliozzi and her husband Nicholas, Jason Galante, Frank R. Galante and Rachel Galante; and great-grandfather of Victor III. He was also the brother of Joseph A. Galante and his wife the late Theresa, and the late Richard J. Galante and his wife the late Phyllis. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, relatives and colleagues. Mr. Galante was truly a one of a kind man, who's respect was earned. He will be deeply missed. His memory will live on in the many people influenced by him throughout his illustrious life and career.

Flowers would be appreciated, or if preferred, donations may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 259 Oliver St. Newark, NJ 07105, or to the New Jersey Funeral Service Education Corporation.

Charitable donations may be made in Frank's memory to the following organization:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
259 Oliver Street Newark, N.J. 07105
Tel: 973-589-2090

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Ted Lytwyn
   Posted Tue May 31, 2016
To Mrs Galante and the entire Galante Family,

Just found out about Frank's death. My deepest sympathies to you all. I remember him as being the consummate professional, both in his actions and appearance. He loved and served the funeral profession like very few others. NJ funeral directors were lucky to have him representing them in his many roles and as the first National President. He will be missed, but leaves a beautiful legacy in the memories we have and the family he has left behind. Frank and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Ted Lytwyn from Union Funeral Home-Lytwyn & Lytwyn

D.J. Wright
   Posted Tue May 31, 2016
With profound sadness and respect, the Wright & Ford family sends its thoughts and condolences to the entire Galante family and staff on the passing of a true mentor and guardian of the ministry of funeral service. May his memory of selfless service be eternal and for a blessing.

Dr. Jzyk S Ennis
   Posted Tue May 31, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Galante family. May God's rest and peace be upon him and all of you. Dr. Jzyk S. Ennis, former NFDA At-Large Representative, Trussville, Alabama

Ferrara Family
   Posted Tue May 31, 2016
Our entire family sends our "deepest sympathies" to a brilliant man that will be love forever here and in eternity.
Our prayers are with you all especially Victor and Francine.
Gino, Anthony and Patty Ferrara.

Joan and Lou Abin
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
Dear Frank, Victor and Stephen:
Sorry to hear of Dad's passing. We send our deepest sympathy. Please give our condolences to your Mom. Best wishes always.
Joan and Lou Abin

Rev. Joseph F. Barbone
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
To the Galante Family;

On behalf of the Parish Staff, the members of Saint James the Apostle Parish & myself, I want to extend our condolences on the death of Frank. He carried on a great legacy, which is now left to all of you.

As Frank has found peace with the Lord, may you also experience that
same peace, and the strength you have with one another and the Lord Jesus.

You will all be in our prayers in this difficult time for you.

Al& Ida Opacity
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
Dear Frank, Vic and Steve

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad.

Our prayers are with you.

Al & Ida Opacity

Brian T. Hassler, President, Monmouth & Ocean FDA
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
On behalf of the officers, trustees and the membership of the Monmouth & Ocean FDA, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Galante.

Brent Fisher
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
Dear Brenda and Frank,

I am truly saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.
He was a wonderful man and I think back gratefully to the times we spent together, especially at your wedding, again at my 70th birthday celebration and on our trip to Sicily and whenever I would come to the United States
Unfortunately, I will not be able to join you for his funeral but I will be thinking of you and praying that God will sustain and strengthen you as you navigate the difficult days ahead. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Uncle Brent

Dear Fran,
What can I say? Frank has been ailing for years and we knew that this day would come. But that does not lessen the loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
I just want you to know that I am thinking of and praying for you and your whole family at this time.
May our Lord bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

Dear Rachel and Frankie,
Both of you grew up surrounded by death. One might think that makes it easier to deal with when it affects one personally. I know that isn’t true.
I just want both of you to know that I am feeling your loss; your grandfather was a wonderful man. Be assured of my love and prayers for you at this difficult time.
Uncle Brent

Gwen D'Amato Trezza
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
Dear Frances and the Galante Family,
As long I can remember the Galante's were always a fond memory to my parents, Ralph and Virginia D'Amato. You have always been kind and understanding as well as warm and friendly. My father always reminded us that he went to school with Frances and she never changes! You have comforted us in our times of need and please know you are in our prayers. Sincerely, The D'Amato Family

Tom Love
   Posted Thu June 02, 2016
To the Galante family,

Frank Galante was the epitome of class. I managed cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Newark for nearly 30 years and witnessed Frank's professionalism up close and personal. I can remember with fondness the entire extended family including Frank's mother. Frank was handsome and dapper and slightly intimidating as his obituary said, funny, but was always first rate with me. His families came first and he ran a top notch funeral business. The death care industry has lost a giant. Frank rest in peace and may God give your family strength during their time of sorrow.


Tom Love

JoAnn Leone Castelli
   Posted Thu June 02, 2016
To the Galante Family:

So sorry for your loss, Your Dad was a wonderful man, he will be missed.

The Leone Family

Kimberly Slezak-Amicucci
   Posted Thu June 02, 2016
Victor & family, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather. I always remember him with fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tough time.

Dwayne R. Spence
   Posted Fri June 03, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I so much appreciated Mr. Galante's guidance and support at NFDA and his friendship was very special to us. We will surely miss him.
God Bless,
Dwayne & Patty Spence

Marge Salsano Tato
   Posted Sat June 04, 2016
Dear Galante Family,
My sincerest sympathy to you on the passing of Frank a classie person, who was always a great help and comfort to me and my family at difficult times. We have known the Galante Family for many years. My mom and dad (Rose and Al (Yorky) Salsanowere good friends, my mom was in Elvira's bridal party, and my grandfather was one of Elvira's first funerals back around 1936. Again my sympathies to you.
Marge Salsano Tato

Denise & Tom Durkin
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016
Dear Frank, Brenda, and Family,

We are So Sorry for your Loss...Please know that our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your entire Family at this Difficult time.

Denise & Tom Durkin

Gerald Spatola O'Connor
   Posted Mon June 06, 2016
Our most sincere condolences on behalf of the family of Gerardo J. Spatola Jr. Peace and Love to the entire Galante family.

Dr. Mary Berger and daughter Maria Elena and son-in-law Luke
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
Dear Victor, Francine, and family,

I just heard of your beloved father, Frank Sr.'s passing. A dear friend read about it in The Italian Tribune, Please accept my condolences and prayers.

Mary Jo Berger

gerardo & palomba family
   Posted Tue June 21, 2016
from our family to yours, our deepest sympathy

Francis (Frank) R. Galante
   Posted Wed June 22, 2016
Dear Frances, Frank, Victor, Steven,et al,
I just learned of Frank's death on June 20,2016 and was totally shocked, even though I knew he was ill for some time. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you. As a young funeral director starting in Funeral Association work, especialy when NJ, NY and Pa were in the same NFDA district, Frank's hard work and professionalism preceded him before my first meeting with him. That first meeting took place in Las Vegas when he was elected President of NFDA. May he rest in peace and may God Bless you and your family,
especially you Frances. Sincerely, Francis (Frank) R. Galante

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