TRIBUTE: Visiting hours are scheduled this Friday for Robert Montecallo, a well-respected attorney and founding partner of the Hackensack firm of Marino and Montecallo who died suddenly on Sunday after playing his beloved rugby. He was 58.
A Lincoln Park resident, Montecallo was a “devoted father and selfless friend,” as well as an active member of the Montclair Rugby Club and an avid New York Jets fan, according to his obituary.
He had fun dining with friends and family, traveling and “hitting a golf ball very far,” it says, but most of all enjoyed being a best friend to his children — Robert “Jones” and daughters, Allison “Babs” and Jaclyn “Little Jack.”
Born in Jersey City on Oct. 11, 1955, “Monte” was raised in Hackensack, was graduated from Bergen Catholic High School and received a BA in History from Montclair State University and a law degree from Widener University School of Law.
He was admitted to the Bar in 1980 and practiced in the courts of the State of New Jersey, U.S. District Court of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Montecallo specialized in commercial litigation, corporate law, condominium and cooperative law, transactional law, zoning and land-use law and bankruptcy law. He and Paul Marino established Marino & Montecallo LLC on Moore Street in Hackensack in 1975.
Montecallo served as Board of Adjustment attorney for Edgewater and Cliffside Park, as well as Planning Board Attorney for Wood-Ridge and public defender in Palisades Park.
Besides his children, he leaves behind his mother, Elizabeth; brother, Jim; sister, Susan Pagano; as well as nieces Gina and Lisa Montecallo and Jenna Pagano.
Visiting hours are scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home , 107 Essex Ave., Boonton.
A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Church, 24 Changebridge Road, Montville. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( StJude.org ).
To extend condolences or share a memory: CodeyMackeyFH.com .
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