Pasquale "John" Cortese, age 74, of Woodland Park, passed away on February 28, 2011. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1962-1966. He later worked for over 45 years as a senior service advisor for Feldner Cadillac in Hackensack. He was a devoted volunteer firefighter for the West Paterson Fire Department Company #1 for 25 years and was an exempt fireman.
He was the beloved husband for over 44 years to Johane J. (nee Waldo). He was the treasured father to John D. Cortese and Joann Lombardo and her husband Anthony. He was the adored grandfather to Brooke and Jamie Lombardo. He was the dear brother to Mary Ann Farelli and her husband, Firefighter Gus Farelli and Gloria Wittig and her husband, former Fire Chief Jack Wittig. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews.