A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 29 at St. Rose of Lima Church, Short Hills, for Dominick “Dick” J. Colaneri, 90. He died peacefully at his home, Brighton Gardens, Florham Park, on Jan. 23. Born in Jersey City, Dominick graduated from Dickinson High School then attended and graduated from Jersey City State College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific aboard the USS Lark, a minesweeper. He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer and was awarded two bronze stars for valor. In 2004, he received a distinguished service medal from the state of New Jersey. After his honorable discharge, he pursued graduate work in education at New York University. Dick worked as a teacher and administrator in the Newark public schools for many years, and then served as principal in East Brunswick, concluding his career as Director of Alumni Relations at Jersey City State College. After his retirement, he served as President of the Essex County Retired Educators Association, and served as a board member of the New Jersey State Opera. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church, and a resident of Short Hills for 50 years before relocating to Florham Park in 2009. He was predeceased by his wife Bernadette of 58 years, his nine brothers and sisters, and his parents Gaetano and Grace. Survived by his daughter Dr. Grace C. Pilcer and her husband Sam, and his granddaughter Julia Pilcer, all of New York City; his care giver Eric Boateng; and many and much loved nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends. Services arranged by the Bradley, Smith and Smith Funeral Home, Springfield.

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