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Paterson Native Brian Petronaci Dies, 39

Brian Petronaci was 39.
Brian Petronaci was 39. Photo Credit: Contributed

PATERSON, N.J. — Brian Petronaci originally of Paterson died suddenly on Jan. 7. He was 39.

Brian grew up in the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township, and graduated from Jefferson Township High School, where he played football.

He moved to Hopatcong 17 years ago to be closer to Lake Hopatcong, where he loved to spend time boating and enjoying activities year-round. "Petro", as he was affectionately nicknamed by his friends, had an infectious laugh and a kind heart that drew people to him.

His "Brian" humor was enjoyed by all and his love of life was evident in all he did. He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephew, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Brian is survived by his parents, Glen and Pamela Petronaci; his sister, Sharon Gagliardi and her husband Mario; his nephew and godson, Mario Gagliardi, Jr.; his niece, Gianna Gagliardi; his niece and goddaughter, Angelina Gagliardi; his uncle, Paul Petronaci and his fiancé Dawn Capraun; his devoted girlfriend, Amanda Lowe; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Interment was at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa.

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