Gary Dominick Falzarano, 73, remembered for his sense of humor, strong New Jersey accent and clever one-liners

Gary Dominick Falzarano

CALABASH — Gary Dominick Falzarano, 73, peacefully passed away Friday, Feb. 26, with his wife, Marian, by his side. Gary was born Dec. 10, 1947, and raised in Nutley, New Jersey. He was Albert and Angela (Albanese) Falzarano’s first child of six. His siblings often claimed he was his mother’s (“mudder’s”) favorite.

As a child, Gary built houses in his family’s basement out of little pieces of wood, which began a lifelong fascination with building. He had an affinity for cars and particularly loved corvettes.

Gary grew up to be a legitimate, hardworking businessman. His first job was selling mum’s from his wagon for 25 cents each. He owned a concrete business and built many houses and buildings throughout New Jersey. He was a proud Italian and loved taking trips to Atlantic City, Vermont and Shop Rite.

Gary was unstoppable — always doing what he wanted to do. He cared for his loved ones deeply. He loved to talk. He thought he was a professor, giving lessons based on his unique school of thought (go-zintas). He will be remembered for his sense of humor, strong New Jersey accent, and clever one-liners. He got away with a lot because of his charm, kind heart and baby blue eyes.

His passions included trying to cook as well as his mom, woodworking, gambling with his sons and finding a bargain (while also being a big spender). He never sweat the small stuff — or the big stuff. Often telling people, “you worry too much.” Anything he was passionate about, he did with abundance.

Preceded in death by his father, Albert Falzarano; and nephew, Phil Rodriguez, he is survived by his wife, Marian (Clarke) Falzarano; mother, Angie Falzarano; sons, Gary Jr. Falzarano, Marc Falzarano and Matthew (Jessica) Falzarano; stepdaughters, Kristin Lowenthal and Kerri Lowenthal; younger siblings, Bruce Falzarano, Marie Rodriguez, Karen (Thom) Boehlert, Louise (Joe) McCulloch and Joey (Tina) Falzarano; grandchildren, Gary III, Antonia, Gia, Tori, Dominick, Juliana and Dylan; nieces and nephews, Michael, Bryan, Traci, Molly, Maggie, Aaron, Christopher, Eric, Lisa, Laurie, Liz, Lars and the prankster, Brian Boehlert; aunt, Felda; and cousin, Marie Carlo.

He retired in 2010 and moved to North Carolina with his wife. There, he started a business selling furniture that he built from his garage. He also served as a member of the Ocean Side Place Architectural Review Committee. He spent many hours loudly debating any topic with his brother-in-law, Andy Lundgren, and sister-in-law, Maureen, who live nearby.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, March 12, at Saint Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, Shallotte. Burial will follow in Mintz Cemetery, Ocean Isle Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shrine of St. Pio Pietrelcina, St. John the Baptist Church; or St. Theresa’s Mission Outreach, Inc at 10 Lower Notch Road, Apt. 25, Woodland Park, NJ 07424.

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