Antonino Elia


Antonino Elia, age 88, of Elmwood Park, NJ passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021.  Born and raised in Santa Croce, Sicily, Italy, he resided in Elmwood Park since 1972.  Nino was passionate about and excelled at ballroom dancing.  A man with a strong work ethic, he will be remembered for his love of and devotion to family.


Prior to retiring in 1997, he owned and operated Main Street Collision in Passaic.  Previously, he owned and operated Nino’s Auto Body in Clifton from 1972 to 1983 and Tony’s Pizzeria in Lake Hiawatha from 1983 to 1989.


Beloved husband of the late Anna (Porco) Elia.  Loving and devoted father of Rose Arce and husband Diego, Jill Merriman and husband Mark and Joseph Elia and wife Laura. Cherished grandfather of Michael, Amanda, Steven, Taylor, Brianna, Anthony, and Victoria.  Dear brother of Ralph Elia and the late Graziella D’Amico.


The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, May 7, 2021, 11 am – 1 pm with service following, at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Paterson.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Antonino to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated.

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May we meet again and dance our Tango in heaven. Thank you for the wonderful memories of wine making, pizza, and Latin music.
Dianne Meade
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