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Paul A. Bianco of Waldwick, NJ passed away on January 22, 2024 at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ with his loving family at his bedside. Paul fought a brave battle against pancreatic cancer.
Born in Neptune, NJ, Paul was the son of Louis J. Bianco and Dorothy M. McIntyre. As a child, Paul served as an altar boy in his church and became an Eagle Scout. He attended St. Rose High School then went on to Montclair State College (University) where he majored in English and partied a little too hard with his fraternity Phi Lambda Pi (according to his parents). He did, however, make the Dean’s List and receive Presidential Recognition. Paul enjoyed working as a golf caddie and spent his summers as an organized, efficient maître d' at the Monmouth Hotel. Growing up at the shore was a huge part of Paul’s identity and he embraced it wholeheartedly. Throughout his life he spent summers in Sea Girt, NJ, close to his extended family, and in the Hamptons, taking in the sun, social activities and lovely dinners that beach life offers.
Paul was an avid learner and passionate educator. He graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with an MA in Educational Administration and was an Ed D candidate at Columbia University. Paul spent 39 years in New Jersey public schools, teaching and developing English and Humanities courses as well as being a departmental supervisor. He was well-loved for being charismatic, knowledgeable and driven, inspiring students and leading by example. In one school district, he held six different administrative positions! They saw Paul as one who could assume a new position, roll up his sleeves and make things work better. He was an educational Mr. Fix It. Paul found education to be incredibly rewarding; he was very grateful for the opportunity to help others grow and excel.
Paul had a love of interior design, architecture and landscaping, so it is no wonder that he also worked in real estate. He recently celebrated 39 years of listing and selling homes. Paul’s keen eye for style, his attention to detail and stellar communication skills made him a fabulous agent.
Paul’s most important role was as a beloved father and grandfather. Being a divorced dad was tough—the split holidays, the constant travel back and forth for pickups—but Paul addressed the situation with gusto. He was focused and devoted, making fatherhood his top priority. Over the years he was the cheering section for his daughter Lisa, encouraging her to travel abroad, helping her with career advice and counseling her on relationships. For that last one alone he deserved a medal. Paul was absolutely elated when he became a grandfather. Once again, he was able to share his great love of the outdoors, introduce his granddaughter to the beach, go on walks, enjoy fun meals together and shower her with affection. Paul was a very happy “Papa.”
What else made Paul, Paul? He was the king of building glorious fires in the fireplace. A classic Virgo and perfectionist, his home and yard were immaculate. He was always impeccably dressed. He was proud of his Irish/Italian heritage. He could really cut a rug on the dance floor. He sent thank you notes immediately. He was an enthusiastic hiker. He was obsessive about dental hygiene. He loved British dramas. He traveled. He was funny. He was a dedicated father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He left this world a better place.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Lisa Bianco (Tim Ball) and granddaughter Cecilia Ball, his brother John Bianco (Joanne Bianco), his sister Katherine Whartnaby (Jim Whartnaby), 10 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and nephews.
A visitation will take place on Sunday, January 28th from 2 – 5pm at Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Avenue in Wyckoff, NJ. A funeral mass will be held at the Church of the Presentation Monday, January 29 th at 10am, 271 W Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River.