John Philip Bernabeo


John Philip Bernabeo, 64, a lifelong resident of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family.  An active member of Fair Lawn Fire Company #3 since 1975, he served as Deputy Chief in 2001 and Chief in 2002 during the devastating fire at the Radburn Plaza Building. John enjoyed family vacations at Long Beach Island where he woke up at sunrise each morning to fish, grilling for family and friends at summer BBQ’s and all things Halloween becoming well known for his “Scare University” display each year.  He will be remembered for his ability to fix anything, all you needed to do is hand it to him and it would be returned like new.

He was employed as a facilities engineer with Bloomberg LP in Orangeburg, NY for over 20 years.

Beloved husband of Dawn (Van Guilder) Bernabeo.  Loving and devoted father of Katherine Bernabeo, Sara Westerberg and husband David and Frank Bernabeo.  Cherished grandfather of twins Lucy and Eleanor Westerberg.  Dear brother of Robert Bernabeo and wife Tricia and Ted Bernabeo and wife Tricia.  Loving uncle of a niece and four nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, May 21, 2021, 2 – 7 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021,10:30 am at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Box Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, Fair Lawn Food Pantry, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 (checks payable to Fair Lawn Human Services Trust) or Fair Lawn Fire Company #3, 2-05 Plaza Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 (checks payable to Fair Lawn Fire Company #3). 

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I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Beranbeo I learned alot from him. I always told that i was the favorite in the building. I will always remember him for his understanding. I will keep you in my prayers. May you Sleep In Peace. My condolences to his wife an family. Heidi Malave
Heidi Malave
I had the pleasure of working with John for 27 years at Bloomberg. John taught me a lot in those years. His knowledge and willingness to help was always a safety net for me in my role there. He used to bust my shoes all the time, but I knew that was a sign he approved of me and I of him. Losing him is a great lose to all of us. It is with much regret I cant make the wake as he deserves my respects. I hope that my prayers, thoughts and memories of all we have been through together will reach him where he is now and know he will always be with me. Sincerely Guy Gioia
Guy Gioia
A life well-lived by a man who was clearly well-loved. My deepest sympathy to your family. Wendy
Wendy Christian
Dear Sara - I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you today and always, and keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do to support. Sending hugs your way. Love, Michele Gruner and Family
Michele Gruner
So sorry to hear about John. He was just too young. Our prayers go out to his family. He will be missed. Ginny and Dan
Daniel C Gubitosa/Virginia
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