Urchak Jr., John M., 64, of Totowa, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Beloved husband of Roxanne J. Urchak (nee Patacco). Devoted father of John Cosmo Urchak and his wife Christie and Francis Michael Urchak. Cherished grandfather of Aubriana, Cosmo, and Marcello Urchak. Loving son-in-law of Antoinette Patacco. John is also survived by his many brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws and will be missed by his dear nieces and nephews.
Born in Paterson, John grew up in Little Falls and later resided in Totowa Boro for the past 26 years. Before retiring ten years ago, John was employed as an electrical engineer for PSE&G for 20 years
John was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Little Falls. He was a Totowa PAL coach and commissioner of football, wrestling, and baseball for many years. He will be greatly missed by his town and all those who knew him.
The family will receive their friends on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Masks are required to enter the building. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Our Lady of the Holy Angels RC Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls at 9:30 AM. Please meet directly at church. The family requests that you send live plants only to the funeral home or make a donation to support Mt. Sinai Health System at www.giving.mountsinai.org or you can send a check to: Mount Sinai Health System, Office of Development, One Gustave L. Levy Pl, Box 1049, New York, NY 10029-6574. Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.
John's son remembers his father...
"On March 11th a truly good man was lost here on earth, but has moved on to be with the Lord, his family and friends in heaven. My father lost a 2 year ongoing battle with cancer. He fought hard until the very end and my family was blessed to be with him up until that time. He was a loyal, dedicated man and a friend to countless. In 34 years Dad never spoke negatively about one soul, he would build up everyone he ever met and would find the best in them. He could make a friend in any room. Personal gain was sacrificed throughout the years, but tireless work was not. He was a shining example of volunteerism, one who would work a 14 hour shift to come home and run the baseball, wrestling, and football programs we and 1,000s of young men grew up around. He had a personal connection with each athlete because he truly cared. Grown men still tell me the influence he has had in helping mold them into who they became, and to him that was more important than any materialistic gain available. If you scored a touch..."Act like you have been there before," says it all LOL. Til this day I regret not being able to have seen him play ball in his prime because that's another thing of legend that I hear from grown men that brings a smile to my face every time. He was a beloved grandfather, father, husband and friend. He lived a blessed life as not many people get to see their grandchildren, yet he was cherished by 3 of them who brought the greatest joy. I attribute the man I am today to his example, work ethic, love for people and genuine selfless approach to leading his life. You will be missed by many, and loved always. He is probably already organizing fund raisers and some sports clinics up in heaven. Rest In Peace Dad- and watch over us all." - John Cosmo Urchak