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In Memory

Mr. Emil Sanzari



SANZARI--Emil J., passed away peacefully on June 19, 2018 at home.  His is greatly mourned by his spouse George Erson and by his cousins Dorothy Barrows; Evelyn Luciani and their families and many friends.  Also by his Godsons Steven Barrows, Steven Gjolanga and a Goddaughter Susan Mayer-Bacon and their families.  The Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena, 411 East 68th St, NYC, on Friday June 22, at 11:15am.  Entombment to follow at the Madonna Cemetery, Ft. Lee, New Jersey.

Mr. Zarro with Mr. Sanzari, 1973

Mr. Sanzari and Mr. DiTrani, 1974.


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07/14/18 02:03 PM #1    

Kenny "Tash" Tashian (1964)


As fate would have it, he was in the library the day I had my short but epic fight with Jimmy Haugh ('63).  We cleared tables, knocked people to the ground, and my shirt was torn to shreds.  Actually, it was Jimmy's shirt, and that's what the fight was all about.


Miss Carney stood by as Mr. Sanzari inserted himself between us and broke up the fight.  I think the only reason we shut it down was because neither of us could believe who was putting himself in harm's way.  He took us in the back and lectured us in a way that left both of us feeling like jerks.  It was the first time that I had ever heard a teacher drop the "F" bomb.  As Jimmy and I left the library, we looked at each other in disbelief and said, "Sanzari?" which was quickly followed by, "He said Fuck!"  Sorry if that offends anyone, but that's the facts of the matter.


The following June I signed up for his summer English class not because I flunked English, but because I heard that he was good...very good at getting kids interested in a subject that the other English teachers made boring.  That's when I read Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," a book that 50 years later inspired me to run with the bulls in Pomplona with Charley Hlawatsch ('64) and Bob Probst ('64).


Check out the picture below.   It's doubtful that any of the parents in attendance really understood what he was talking about.  "You've got to be tuned in"  He was way ahead of his time.








07/15/18 02:08 AM #2    

James Frederick Sabini (1963)

Mr/ Sanzari's favorite saying was from his favorite book. " No Man Is An Island "It's funny how I never forgot that. RIP Mr. Sanzare and Im sorry for being a big pain in the a** for you 

07/15/18 06:27 AM #3    

Joe Sacchi (1962)

Very sorry to hear about this. I had Mr. Sanzari for English Lit and he made the topic enjoyable. He made me interested in the topic and his classes went very fast. A true gentleman and and am glad he pass thru my life.

Joe Sacchi 62'

07/15/18 01:36 PM #4    

Ms. Maryann DeLillo (Virack)

So sorry to hear of the passing of Emil Sanzari. He was one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever known. As a first year Enlish teacher at PHS, he was 'my boss'. He helped me through many personal and professional dramas. He let me leave and covered my classes to go home and find my engagement ring accidently flushed down the toilet . He followed me home to Rutherford to face a family medical crisis. He encouraged "mental health days" for his teachers believing that if you are not right with yourself you will not be right in the classroom. I still have a gold chain he gave me when I left Paramus to move to CT. I have thought of him often and will always keep his memory close to my heart, Rest in Peace my dear friend. I am sure God will have you on the stage of Heaven.

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