It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph F. Cremona of Randolph, NJ announces his passing on March 30, 2016 at the age of 77. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years Barbara Ann (Parr) Cremona, his daughter Laura Wilkins, son-in-law Cliff Wilkins, and grandchildren Ryan, Owen and Austin Wilkins. Joe was born on April 30,1938 in Passiac, NJ. He was the son of Carl and Theresa Cremona. He was raised in Clifton, NJ and graduated from Clifton High School in 1955. For the past 41 years, Joe lived in Randolph, NJ.
Joe touched the lives of many people over the years with his humor and generosity of spirit. He enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly at the family’s lake house at Fiddle Lake in PA. He had a life-long fascination with aviation, having received a pilot’s license in 1967, and was a long-time NY Yankees fan. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the US and the world with Bobbie over the years.
Joe was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering in1960 and a MS in Industrial Management in 1962. Shortly after graduation, Joe began working at Potters Industries, where for the next decade he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. In 1976, Joe went out on his own, and for the next 40 years was the President and Owner of Themac, Inc. of East Rutherford, NJ. During this time, Joe also founded several other businesses including Northeastern Safety Products, Inc. and Galaxy Paint, Inc. both in Carbondale, PA and OK Beads, Inc. in Idabelle, OK. One of the highlights of his career was in the early 1980’s when he facilitated the installation of the glass bead industry’s first production plant in main land China. In addition to his family, Joe’s businesses were his passion, so much so that he continued to work at Themac until only shortly before his passing.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Joe’s life on Wednesday, April 6 from 4pm to 8pm at the Reeves Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 11am at the United Methodist Church, 17 Kent Place Blvd, Summit NJ. Flowers can be sent to the Reeves Reed Arboretum, but the family also encourages donations in Joe’s name to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.