Richard Florio


Richard Florio, age 85 of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, he resided in Fair Lawn for 58 years.  A veteran, he proudly served in the United States Army earning the rank of Sergeant.  Mr. Florio received his Master’s Degree in education from Montclair State University and his under graduate degree at Rutgers University.  A prolific reader of history, Richard enjoyed tinkering with his two classic British MG cars, listening to jazz and was an avid fan of the New York Mets.

Prior to retiring in 2006, he was a psychology and history professor at Passaic County Community College in Paterson for 35 years, where on October 4, 1971 he taught the very first class at the college.

Beloved husband of the late Patricia (McGuinness) Florio.  Loving and devoted father of Richard Florio and wife Joann, Tricia Windle and late husband Jay and Donna Morris.  Cherished grandfather of Alyson, Donna Margaret, Devyn and Robyn.  Adored great-grandfather of Eloise.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4 – 8 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.  A funeral service is planned for Friday, March 12, 2021, 11:00 am at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa, NJ.  For those unable to attend services in person, please join via Zoom at the following link  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Richard may be made to the Passaic County Community College Foundation,

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Dick Florio was one of the first people I met at PCCC when I started my career there in the 1970s. I can still see him in my memory sitting in the cafeteria having a coffee in the morning with Dan Lyons. The two would be discussing the important matters of the day as well as the developments at the college. A great story teller, Dick was always fun to be around. But even more importantly, he was always there to help faculty through his leadership role in our union. A great teacher and colleague, he will be remembered fondly. My condolences to all in the Florio family.
Janice Peters , Retired Associate Professor PCCC
Our deepest condolences. Dick was a friend for many years and will be remembered always.
Rick and Michelle Oleski and Family
Words cannot express our sorrow when hearing of the passing of our "Professor" Richard was truly a very nice man and we are thankful for the times spent with him. We will miss seeing him cruising around in his precious MG's. Our deepest condolences to the family. "Rest in Peace Professor"
Drew & Erna Menniti
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