Peter J. Altamura Jr.


Peter J. Altamura, 74, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Born in Hoboken, NJ, he was raised in Weehawken prior to settling in Saddle Brook 47 years ago.  A proud veteran, he served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Altamura earned his Master’s Degree in education from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  He was a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle RC Church in Saddle Brook where he taught CCD for many years.  Peter was a member of the New Jersey and Bergenfield Education Associations.  Peter enjoyed following the Hawthorne Caballero Drum and Bugle Corps, but his greatest joy was spending time with family and friends at the Jersey Shore.  He will be missed immensely by his family and friends.

Prior to retiring, he was employed as a teacher and guidance counselor with the Bergenfield Board of Education for 40 years.

Beloved husband of Helen (Tarrant) Altamura.  Loving and devoted father of Kimberly Gerken and husband Roger, Scott Altamura and wife Susan and Melissa Mitchell and husband Jeffrey.  Cherished grandfather of Jonathan Gerken.  Dear brother of Arthur Altamura and wife Carol Ann, Gregory Altamura and wife Geri and Anna Marie Altamura.  He is also survived by many loving in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peter may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  

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"Mr. Altamura" was one of my favorite and best teachers at RWB Middle School in Bergenfield. He cared deeply and that came across to his students. He also was gifted at teaching the diagramming of sentences which I remember well. May his memory be a blessing. Michael Gallagher (BHS 1980)
Michael Gallagher
Sorry to hear this news. I worked with Pete for many years with the shared time students of Paramus BT and Bergenfield. Pete was a true gentleman that believed in kids and that education should be available for all students. A professional in every possible way. He will be missed. Bob Sieminski
Bob Sieminski
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Altamura. Anna, Vincent and Angela Rose
Anna Picca
Thoughts and prayers are with Helen and family and extended family. One of the nicest men I ever met. Always had a smile on his face. The Class of 64 from St. Michael's will always remember you Pete. RIP..your suffering is over. I Pat (Scanlon) Sciarillo
Patricia Sciarillo
Dear Helen, Scott, Kimberly and Melissa, I am sorry for the loss of your dear husband and dear father my love and prayers are with you all.
Caroline Ukaj
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