Arthur Autorino, 97, of Montclair, died peacefully at St Joseph Health Care and Rehab Center on Feb. 27, 2018.
Visitation will be Friday, March 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Caggiano Memorial Home, 62 Grove St., Montclair. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa of Calcutta Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 N. Fullerton Ave. Montclair, with interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.
Mr. Autorino was born a first-generation American at home on Maple Avenue in Montclair on June 18, 1920, to Josephine and Salvatore Autorino. He graduated from Montclair High School where he was a member of the track and football teams. He was in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and became a radioman third class on a PBM patrol plane, searching for enemy submarines in the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa. Attached to the headquarters squadron on Fleet Air Wing 16, he had the important job of helping to keep the radio equipment of the squadron’s mariners in first class condition. Crossing the equator earned him recognition as a Trusty Shellback of the Ancient Order of the Deep. As the war was coming to a close, he married Ann Mercadante Autorino, who died last year. They were married 74 years.
In 1946, he settled his family back in Montclair and joined his father as co-owner of Essex Shoe Repair, a business they ran collectively for over 70 years. In retirement, he volunteered for 15 years at the Immaculate Conception School cafeteria where his wife was manager.
Mr. Autorino is survived by sons Arthur and his wife Georgia, of Eastham, Massachusetts, and Robert and his wife Patricia of North Caldwell; grandchildren Alexandra Autorino Palek and her husband Paul, Samantha Gogerty and her husband Robert, John Autorino, Molly Autorino Krawczyk and her husband Steven, Amelia Autorino and her fiancé John Simmons, and Jamie Autorino; great grandchildren Jaden, Jaclyn, Lucas and Nicholas Krawczyk, Quinn and Bryce Palek and Rhea and Trey Gogerty and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son Jack Autorino and brother Ralph Autorino.