Gino Enrico Simonetti
01/25/1931 - 07/03/2024

Gino E Simonetti passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family, at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ on July 3, 2024.  Gino was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.  He was 93 years old.

Gino is predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Traute R Simonetti, his son Peter Simonson and his sister Dolores Verdi.  He is survived by his son John M Simonetti, his wife Gayle and their sons Jake and Jared; his daughter Lisa R Smith and her husband Michael and their sons Clayton and Ethan; his daughter-in-law Diane Simonson and her children Christian, Morgan and Devin.  He is also survived by his sister Sandra Ferrise and nieces & nephews.

Gino was born in 1931 and raised in Orange, New Jersey.  He married and moved to Chatham in 1975.  He developed his craft and expertise in furniture restoration and conservation at the Lincoln Mayflower Moving Company in Madison, NJ.  He was employed there for 35 years and was known affectionately as “The Wood Doctor” for his artisanship.  He was a sought after and highly praised conservator of historic antique furniture.  Upon retirement, he volunteered with the Sage Eldercare Group for over 15 years and taught his craft to any number of apprentices.  Gino was a true renaissance man and spent his life learning.  He taught himself guitar at a young age and played with various groups in numerous local Newark and New York City nightclubs through the heyday of Jazz.  He was later a guest on WBGO 88.3 Newark and was interviewed about his music career and his experiences witnessing the coming-up of Jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Les Paul & Miles Davis among others.  He continued playing guitar throughout his life and there was always a radio with Jazz music playing somewhere, not far from him.  Not only a lover of music, but he also loved art and was known to add his own touches to the art pieces he collected, redefining and recrafting them into his own.  He was creative and imaginative and never afraid to try something new.  Through his life in Chatham, he was likely to be found in his garage/wood shop tinkering with one thing or another or re-caning an antique chair for a friend.  He remained a keen student of life, always eager to engage with the current state of domestic and global politics and enjoyed taking his time to learn new languages.  He could often be found watching a French movie, dubbed in German with Spanish subtitles.  He enjoyed the challenge!

He cherished his time with his family and spent many loving summer hours with his wife poolside, taking in the coming evenings.   He was known to play a great game of golf in his later days and was a lifetime avid fan of baseball and tennis.  He remained a member of the Italian American Club and the New Providence Men’s Group.

He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

There will be a private viewing and interment, followed by a “Celebration of Life” ceremony at a future time. To send the family a condolence, please visit, www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.


Funeral Home:
Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home
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