Arnold "Skip" Trivigino


Arnold “Skip” Trivigino, age 70, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and daughters on Sunday, December 27th 2020. While fighting a courageous battle with cancer, he was in the midst of a setback and suffered a heart episode that proved insurmountable. His “girls” were blessed and truly grateful to be able to be with him in his final moments.

A native of Rochelle Park, and a longtime resident of Saddle Brook, Skip was a true Jersey boy, right down to the obligatory love of Bruce Springsteen. In his 34 years as a repairman with Verizon (NJ Bell when he began there), he worked throughout Bergen County, and was known for leaving his mark in the form of a “pig” illustration on pay phones all over the area.

He met Lorraine Karcich, the love of his life, while attending Hackensack High School, and spent 55 years devoted only to her. They were blessed to celebrate 50 years of marriage in April of 2020, enjoying a “beep-beep” parade together from the driveway of their family home. 

He was a loving and devoted father to Candice Calderone and her husband Adam, and Stacey Smetana. He shared a unique and special relationship with all three, as well as his four grandchildren – he loved them fiercely, and with his whole heart. One of our favorite things to do was play the “who got what from who” game, and while his daughters certainly inherited many of his dominant traits, his grandchildren truly took that to the next level. Evan, 22, shared his passion for history as well as his sarcastic wit...Lauren, 17, his love for classic music and his special way with dry humor...Luke, 15, a level of stubbornness rarely seen in human form...and Gia, while only 9, is embracing the “England” in her genes more each day. His time spent with his grandchildren was precious and valued.

He answered to many names - Honey, Dad and Pop-Pop to his family; Skip, Skippy or Skipper to everyone else, but no matter what you called him, you were sure to be answered with humor, wit and a fair dose of sarcasm. He spoke his mind and pulled no punches. And we loved him for it, almost ALL of the time (wink wink).

He was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves, and wore his patriotism on his sleeve. A serious health scare in 1997 led to an early retirement, and a change in the way he lived his life. He spent as much time as possible on golf courses, and riding his Harley Davidson. He was a member of the Cosmos Club of Fair Lawn, and enjoyed many a Friday night dinner there with his club friends. He even got to live out his rock n’ roll fantasy as a singer with the McKinley & Morlot Band. Sunday dinners revolved around family and sports, with either the Mets or Giants, or a Golf Tournament on the big screen, and a Gin & Tonic in hand. 

An avid music lover, Skip was always in charge of the radio station - only HIS music was “good” music…he was also known as the family photographer, and loved to take pictures of everyone, especially when they were unaware and caught in unflattering poses. He loved animals, and had pets throughout his lifetime that held a special place in his heart.

He enjoyed simple things like honey on the last piece of bread, newspaper comics, a compelling letter to the Editor, B&W crumb cake, proving his point, stuffing a meatball into the end of the bread loaf, Jeopardy, and owning the latest and coolest technology before everyone else. He reveled in a healthy exchange of opinions, and always encouraged bathroom talk at the Sunday Dinner table. That table will always hold a seat in his memory.

We were blessed to have had him as ours, and we will miss him more than words can say.  He is leaving behind a legacy of love that will be remembered and cherished every day.

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make…”

All services are private. Arrangements by Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, Fair Lawn,

With the continued presence of Covid, we will wait until Spring to celebrate his life in the way that he deserves ~ with all who knew and loved him able to come together safely.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of two causes near to Skip’s heart – either to Skin and Sarcoma Research at John Theurer Cancer Center (checks may be made payable to: HackensackUMC Foundation, with “In memory of Arnold Trivigino” in the memo line and mailed to: Hackensack UMC Foundation, Attn. Nancy Kennedy, 160 Essex Street, Suite 101, Lodi, NJ 07644  or at this link: John Theurer Cancer Center – OR to Fight 4 Autism, a local autism charity that gives directly to families living with and affected by autism –

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May he rest in peace .
M. Freeze
I Will miss my best friend dearly. 68 years of close friendship through all facets of our lives together will remain with me always. Still cannot accept he is gone, albeit, the many great memories help ease the pain. Bob "Bern" Woods
RIP Skippy We are all so blessed to have grown up on Evans Place, and to be surrounded by such, wonderful, giving & caring neighbors I will cherish all the memories I have with you over the years, softball, block parties, green pond, my parents lake will truly be missed
Susan & Dave Freeswick
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know Skip was a very special man to all who knew him. Rest In Peace Skip Love, Charlie, Carol, Charles and Dominick Santoro
Carol Santoro
Lorraine and Family: Beautifully written tribute to Skip .The Kiernan family was blessed to know and love Skip for many many years and to enjoy sharing time and memories with both of you. Skip you are such a good guy you will live in our hearts forever
Michele Gallina
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