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Alexander Lagatella III

March 12, 1956 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Alexander Lagatella III Obituary

Alex Lagatella of Waldwick New Jersey passed away on Friday February 2 nd . Alex will be forever loved by

his wife Sonia, daughter Tanya, and grandchildren Liam and Abby. He will always be remembered for

being the most happy, likeable, strong, and generous man that anyone had ever met.

Alex grew up in Spring Valley, New York with his loving older sister Alexis Callan and parents Vera and

Alex Lagatella. Alex developed a love of the outdoors at an early age and had many fond memories

playing, camping, driving sports and traveling cross country with his family and friends.

In 1977 when Alex was 21 years old, he met Sonia who was 18 years old, and they fell in love at first

sight at the Soap Factory disco. Alex and Sonia were married in August of 1980, and they have been

married and in love for 43 years. They settled in Waldwick New Jersey where they welcomed their

daughter Tanya. He spoiled his girls with unconditional love and support providing a beautiful

household, amazing family vacations, and putting his daughter through college at Quinnipiac University,

which she has been forever grateful. Alex, Sonia, and Tanya enjoyed many amazing family trips and

particularly loved to travel to Florida, Boston, Cape Cod, Rehoboth Beach, California, Las Vegas,

Scottsdale. On the weekends Alex, Sonia, and Tanya simply enjoyed family time, going out to eat,

shopping, and taking long weekend trips.

Alex worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing as well as driving for a limousine service. In his personal

time Alex loved being outside in the yard, gardening, building a rock wall by hand that spans the

property, and enjoying his fire pit. Alex loved going hiking at Bear Mountain and in recent years started

meditating and going to the gym where he would enjoy climbing two hundred stories on the stair

master just to show all the younger people along side him that he could.

Alex adored his two grandchildren Liam and Abigail and to them he was Grandpa “Bop” which Liam

named him when he first began to babble. Every day that Alex would visit baby Liam he would say

“You’re the baby and I’m the Bop”, and so the nickname stuck. Alex and Liam would play cars and

monster trucks for hours and loved going on adventures. Alex was absolutely in awe when baby Abby

arrived. She would love when he flew her around the room in a basket and loved to cuddle up by his

side on mornings he babysat her.

Alex had many nicknames. To some he was “Alex” or “Big Al” or “Ax Man” or Grandpa “Bop” but

regardless of his name he was deeply loved by everyone he met. He loved to laugh and tell wild stories.

He loved fast sports cars in his youth. He was incredibly active. He worked harder than anyone could

even think possible. He was prepared for anything. He never let any car in the household go below a half

a tank of gas or the grass get too long. He could drive down to Florida straight through without stopping,

and he always made really good time. He was the ultimate provider and did everything for his family.

His family will receive relatives and friends at his celebration of life viewing on Wednesday February 7,

2024, from 3-6pm at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home located at 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

The family is supporting donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital to continue to share Alex’s deep love

and generosity he had for his grandchildren.

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February 7, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481


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