In memory of
Vincent Peter LaBruzza
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In memory of
Vincent Peter LaBruzza
Vincent Peter LaBruzza Loving husband, father and grandfather Vincent Peter LaBruzza, 91, passed on May 28, 2019. Vincent also went by "Jimmy" by his close friends and family. In addition, he was nicknamed "Buzz" by his combat unit in Korea. Dad grew up in Nutley, N.J., in the house his father built on San Antonio Avenue, also known as Nanny Goat Hill back in the 1920s. He lived through the Great Depression and two wars as a young man. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on a destroyer, the U.S.S. Hawkins, as fireman in the South Pacific arena. After World War II, he was decommissioned and his time not finished in the military, the Korean War broke out. He was then inducted in the U.S. Army Infantry, 2nd Division, 23 Regiment, Able Company - "Second to None." He fought many battles and skirmishes while in Korea, but most notably, the Battle of Ol' Baldy in the mountains of Korea. While taking on heavy casualties, his unit continued to fight "holding the line." He found himself pinned down for 17 hours by grazing machine gun fire and heavy mortar fire. Fortunately, due to his faith in the Virgin Mary and his keen instincts, he survived. Ultimately, a called-in air strike with F86 SABRE jets firing rockets into the mountains allowed him to escape. He would say the jets were so low, the pilot saluted him on the way in. He then met up with the remainder of his unit and advanced with a counterattack, taking out Korean machine gun nests with hand grenades and Holcom, the unit's flamethrower, to "clean 'em out." Through these experiences, he earned the prestigious Combat Infantryman's Badge or (CIB), Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal from the State of NJ and Township of Nutley. Though he did not talk of the war in detail for years, he would get emotional when he did and sad for the loss of his friends on the battlefield 67 years later. After the war, he returned home and his goal was to keep his mom, dad and family together. Subsequently, he purchased a home at 95 Hawthorne Ave., Nutley, with his sisters, Palma and Nancy, to keep the family together. Again, his instincts proved correct as 95 Hawthorne Ave. provided many family members with a "place to hang their hat" throughout the years. The house also served as the nucleus of the family for years to come, where engagement parties, birthday parties, Memorial Day picnics, and graduation parties all took place in the large backyard. His Dad's fig trees and the beautiful weeping willow in the back were where the parties often centered around. Soon after, Dad met Rafaella, and they married and had two children, Robert and Anthony, and resided at 659 Belleville Ave. Rafaella became his rock and would tell him as he left for work at Sears, "Jimmy, remember you're No. 1." Dad worked for Sears Roebuck for 35 years starting in appliance repair, management and settling in as salesman in the Willowbrook store Div. No. 20. At Sears, he was highly respected and liked by all; he considered Sears his second home. Dad was a natural demonstration salesperson; he loved to demonstrate his products and was customer service focused. Again, Dad excelled and would often smash sales goals and service contract goals, as well as being generous to share a sale if another salesperson was having a bad sales day. Dad was an idea man. He loved golf and attempted to open a golf school after Korea in the 1950s. He always made himself available regardless of responsibilities, and never made excuses to his friends, family or work colleagues. He was always up for a "ride to AC" even in his 90s, where he still could pick a winner in the casino or handicapping a horse race. He always considered himself a lucky person and optimistic about life. A person could not have asked for a better father, husband, brother or friend. Finally, he always had the support of his brother, Sal, and close friends, Sandy and Tony Sellaro, Walt Vitacvich , Edwin Ace Aiello and Glen Rassmusson, which he highly valued. The beloved husband of the late Raffaela (Villani) LaBruzza, hs is survived by his loving children, Anthony LaBruzza and Robert LaBruzza and his wife, Vanessa; his granddaughter, Valentina; and his sister and brother, Nancy and Salvatore LaBruzza. Along with his parents, Vincent and Mary (Scrudato) LaBruzza, and his wife, Vincent was predeceased by his siblings, Mary DeBenedetto, Palma, Frank, Joseph and Gabriele LaBruzza. Rest in peace, Dad: "Second to None." The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, ( swbrownandson.com ), 267 Centre St., Nutley. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Nutley. The interment will follow at Immaculate Conception in Montclair, N.J. Visitors will be received at the funeral home Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
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In memory of
Vincent Peter LaBruzza
Vincent Peter LaBruzza Loving husband, father and grandfather Vincent Peter LaBruzza, 91, passed on May 28, 2019. Vincent also went by "Jimmy" by his close friends and family. In addition, he was nicknamed "Buzz" by his combat unit in Korea. Dad grew up in Nutley, N.J., in the house his father built on San Antonio Avenue, also known as Nanny Goat Hill back in the 1920s. He lived through the Great Depression and two wars as a young man. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on a destroyer, the U.S.S. Hawkins, as fireman in the South Pacific arena. After World War II, he was decommissioned and his time not finished in the military, the Korean War broke out. He was then inducted in the U.S. Army Infantry, 2nd Division, 23 Regiment, Able Company - "Second to None." He fought many battles and skirmishes while in Korea, but most notably, the Battle of Ol' Baldy in the mountains of Korea. While taking on heavy casualties, his unit continued to fight "holding the line." He found himself pinned down for 17 hours by grazing machine gun fire and heavy mortar fire. Fortunately, due to his faith in the Virgin Mary and his keen instincts, he survived. Ultimately, a called-in air strike with F86 SABRE jets firing rockets into the mountains allowed him to escape. He would say the jets were so low, the pilot saluted him on the way in. He then met up with the remainder of his unit and advanced with a counterattack, taking out Korean machine gun nests with hand grenades and Holcom, the unit's flamethrower, to "clean 'em out." Through these experiences, he earned the prestigious Combat Infantryman's Badge or (CIB), Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal from the State of NJ and Township of Nutley. Though he did not talk of the war in detail for years, he would get emotional when he did and sad for the loss of his friends on the battlefield 67 years later. After the war, he returned home and his goal was to keep his mom, dad and family together. Subsequently, he purchased a home at 95 Hawthorne Ave., Nutley, with his sisters, Palma and Nancy, to keep the family together. Again, his instincts proved correct as 95 Hawthorne Ave. provided many family members with a "place to hang their hat" throughout the years. The house also served as the nucleus of the family for years to come, where engagement parties, birthday parties, Memorial Day picnics, and graduation parties all took place in the large backyard. His Dad's fig trees and the beautiful weeping willow in the back were where the parties often centered around. Soon after, Dad met Rafaella, and they married and had two children, Robert and Anthony, and resided at 659 Belleville Ave. Rafaella became his rock and would tell him as he left for work at Sears, "Jimmy, remember you're No. 1." Dad worked for Sears Roebuck for 35 years starting in appliance repair, management and settling in as salesman in the Willowbrook store Div. No. 20. At Sears, he was highly respected and liked by all; he considered Sears his second home. Dad was a natural demonstration salesperson; he loved to demonstrate his products and was customer service focused. Again, Dad excelled and would often smash sales goals and service contract goals, as well as being generous to share a sale if another salesperson was having a bad sales day. Dad was an idea man. He loved golf and attempted to open a golf school after Korea in the 1950s. He always made himself available regardless of responsibilities, and never made excuses to his friends, family or work colleagues. He was always up for a "ride to AC" even in his 90s, where he still could pick a winner in the casino or handicapping a horse race. He always considered himself a lucky person and optimistic about life. A person could not have asked for a better father, husband, brother or friend. Finally, he always had the support of his brother, Sal, and close friends, Sandy and Tony Sellaro, Walt Vitacvich , Edwin Ace Aiello and Glen Rassmusson, which he highly valued. The beloved husband of the late Raffaela (Villani) LaBruzza, hs is survived by his loving children, Anthony LaBruzza and Robert LaBruzza and his wife, Vanessa; his granddaughter, Valentina; and his sister and brother, Nancy and Salvatore LaBruzza. Along with his parents, Vincent and Mary (Scrudato) LaBruzza, and his wife, Vincent was predeceased by his siblings, Mary DeBenedetto, Palma, Frank, Joseph and Gabriele LaBruzza. Rest in peace, Dad: "Second to None." The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, ( swbrownandson.com ), 267 Centre St., Nutley. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Nutley. The interment will follow at Immaculate Conception in Montclair, N.J. Visitors will be received at the funeral home Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
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