In Memory

John Policastri - Class of 1966

POLICASTRI John, 67, of Dumont, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014.  Before retiring he worked for SOS Security Services in Oradell.  John was an Army Veteran who served our country proudly during Vietnam War.

Cherished husband of Mary (nee Donohue).  Beloved father of Michael Policastri, Jennifer Sabatie and Steven Policastri.  Devoted grandfather of Ryan, Sophia and Emma.  Dear brother of Ethel Tricomi, Louis Policastri, Barbara Citro and Joseph Policastri.

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06/07/14 02:42 PM #11    

Bud (Hugh) St. Onge (1965)

John was a strong part of the Spartan football team.  John was one who could lighten up any moment and yet when something else was needed, he could be pointed and outright fierce!  Both these expressions endeared him to all of us on the team. At times during football practice/games we would all sing "Roll out the Barrel" if John tackled or blocked with his characteristic level of intensity.

So many years have gone by with no contact since being together at PHS, however those many years do NOT diminish what is in the heart and memory about people with whom we shared quality time.  I really apprciate the memories of you, John. 

I shall keep your family in my heart over this next period of time.

Hugh "Bud" St Onge  '65

06/07/14 04:00 PM #12    

Bill Savage

06/07/14 04:23 PM #13    

Bill Savage

I first met Poli in 11th grade after he had upset the undefeated Bergen County Champion Stan Buchthal of Teaneck in the Districts,he had just pulled off the upset of the tournament yet was humble in victory as the true champion he was. Our senior year saw our teams as rivals for #1 in the County and John that year beat three wrestlers who would place in the States including the State Runner-up in his weight while going undefeated but a severe ear injury would eliminate the best 130lber as he could not wrestle in the Region a tournament he would have easily won, had it not been for that injury Paramus might have crowned its first State Champion in 1966.

My first week at Paramus as a teacher in 1971 I went out to football practice one day and Gassy kept yelling at one player saying "Policastri do this, Policastri great job etc." the next day in Study Hall I saw this player with a group of football players so I approached him and asked him if he was related to John Policastri. The players all at once asked "Do you know who Policastri is ???" I said I did and the player explained that his name was Wayne Celia and Gassy always called him Policastri on the field. I told him how tough John was and hoped he lived up to the nickname....years later at a Rec Wrestling Tournament I ran into John and his reaction was typical John as he said "I didn't think Gassy knew my name when I played I guess all short Italians look alike "

John was one of the toughest competitors I have know but one of the nicest guys off the mat...Poli will be missed by every Spartan that knew him and even those he competed against .

06/08/14 09:07 AM #14    

Karen Freilich (1965)

I will always remember and think of John when we were "little" playing baseball on Mayfair Road in Paramus. John was always one of the best players.   So sorry to hear of his passing.

A voice from the past, Karen Freilich

06/09/14 10:48 AM #15    

William Rohrbach (1966)

I remember John fondly from High School, a great athlete, a pretty tough guy with a soft heart. John taught me a valuable life lesson when we were seniors, I never forgot it. Mary Pat is my friend and classmate from OLV. I always thought she and John made a great couple. I saw them together at the reunion in 1996 and they were wonderful together.

John's passing makes me very sad for him, for Mary Pat and for all of their children and grandchildren. God Bless you John, I know you are in Christ's hands.

Bill Rohrbach

06/10/14 09:55 AM #16    

Barbara Dworkin (Begelman) (1966)

I was so sad to hear about John's passing. I remember him fondly from high school. He had a great personality, a smile for everyone each day, and he was a wonderful person to know. My condolences to his family and many friends.

06/10/14 02:40 PM #17    

William Stack (1966)

Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings.  What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive--for that is common--but being missed when you leave.    John will be missed.  My condolences to the family,  bill

06/10/14 11:13 PM #18    

Frank DePauw (1966)

Johnnie boy, you will be missed ! Great athlete, better friend! We had some really good times, and some--- well, --- interesting ones! My prayers go out to you and your family. Smile down on me, my friend, Memories, memories, and more. I'm having trouble knowing you are gone, as I'm sure a whole bunch of "66ers are!

Rest in peace my friend,

        Frank DePauw

06/12/14 06:31 PM #19    

Marie Mennuto (Rovello) (1966)

I and saddened to hear of the passing of yet another classmate.  My deepest condolences to his natural  family and family of friends.  Clearly he was loved by many and will be missed.  Rest in peace John.


Marie A. Mennuto-Rovello





03/11/18 07:15 PM #20    

Bill Jackob (1966)

He told me he'd beat me up if he ever caught me smoking because I was going to be a great runner...I never did smoke and won my fair share of races...thanks, Johnny!

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