Dr. John Michael DeCarlo, 73, passed away in his home in Rumson, New Jersey. He was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and moved to Staten Island at the age of twelve. Shortly before moving to Staten Island, he saved a boy from drowning in Crescent Beach, Great Kills, which was covered by an article in the Staten Island Advance.
A lifelong academic, he graduated first in his class at St. Patrick's School in Richmond Town. After attending Regis High School in Manhattan, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Georgetown University. Dr. DeCarlo received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University. He practiced dentistry in Great Kills for forty-three years until he retired this year. He was a member of various dental organizations, and he also instructed dental students at New York University.
At social gatherings, Dr. DeCarlo was always ready with stories and jokes, much to the delight of his friends and family. He enjoyed wine, fine dining, as well as political and economic discourse with his family and friends. He spent much of his free time listening to music and taking care of the multiple dogs that he owned throughout his life. He was a voracious reader and car enthusiast.
Dr. DeCarlo was an avid golfer, competing in tournaments at several different country clubs. He travelled with his family to great natural and historic sites across the United States and Europe. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jacqueline (ne'e Citrano), his son Jonathan, his two brothers Paul and Michael, and his sister Ann White.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701 on Saturday December 7, 2019 from 12 – 4 p.m. with a service beginning at the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent in John’s memory to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
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