Obituary of Arnold DeGaetano
Arnold G. DeGaetano "Arnie", age 73, of Egg Harbor Township, passed away on February 11, 2021 in New York City. Arnie was born and raised on Florida Avenue in the Ducktown section of Atlantic City along with his extended Accardi family. He attended St. Michael's School and Atlantic City High School.
In 1972 the family relocated to E.H.T. where lasting memories were created for years to come. In his early years, Arnie was fascinated with radio broadcasting and late night horror television. He built his own pirate radio station (WJSR) and would broadcast to an audience within a 10 block radius.
He was the number one fan of Roland, a (regional) late night horror host. He later befriended John Zacherle, the actor who played Roland and they became dear friends. Arnie was a talented auto mechanic. He honed this skill working on his beloved 1960 Corvette in his Grandfather's garage along with his cousins and neighborhood friends in preparation for drag races.
Arnie parlayed his love for cars as owner and chief mechanic of Arnold’s Sunoco on Delilah Road in Pleasantville, a family owned business with his brother Vincent. For the past 36 years Arnie, along with his wife Miriam, owned and operated MRP Services. Arnie had hands of gold and was a true perfectionist. He was a photographer, a craftsman and a true artist as evidenced by the home he designed & renovated which now serves as a backyard poolside oasis and a museum showcasing his many abstract art pieces.
Arnie had a deep passion for holidays, especially Christmas. His Christmas trees could rival the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue window displays and his Christmas Eve parties played a huge role in cementing many lifelong friendships and fond memories for so many. His Christmas decorating made Clark Griswold look like the Grinch.
Above all, Arnie had a personality that was truly one of a kind. He had a joyful presence and sense of humor that would light up a room. He had a heart full of love and his compassion for others was infectious and palpable. He truly loved his family and he absolutely adored his grandchildren. With every visit, Pop-pop was guaranteed to teach them valuable life lessons... some traditional but most slightly inappropriate and always entertaining. Arnie's preference was to sit at the kid's table at family dinners where laughing was more prevalent than eating.
Arnie had many blessings in life but he was most grateful for his wife of 39 years, Miriam. She made his world and his family her main priority. Arnie and Miriam were always the life of the party and they enjoyed spreading laughter and joy. Their love for each other was infectious and uplifting. Together they enjoyed trips where they would celebrate life and revel in the company of great friends. Arnie was and always will be an example of unconditional love. He created traditions and a lifetime of unforgettable memories. He’ll forever be remembered basking in the sun, smoking a cigar and drinking a Corona at Chateaux Relaxo, his backyard.
Arnie was preceded in death by his mother Catherine B. DeGaetano (nee: Accardi), his father Joseph R. DeGaetano, his brother Vincent J. DeGaetano and his grandson Tristan Perkins. He is survived by his wife Miriam Porter, sons Joseph DeGaetano (Maria), Robert DeGaetano (Heather) and Christopher DeGaetano (Emily), daughter Michelle Perkins (Ryan), grandchildren Chloe and JoJo, Sean and Kyle and Olivia Grace, nephews Chris and Mac Mancuso, Thomas Colona and nieces Danielle and Tara Colona and Ella Porter.
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