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Michael Anthony Amato
Michael Anthony Amato

May 19, 1931 - October 16, 2019
Born in Newark, New Jersey
Resided in Lafayette, New Jersey


Michael Anthony Amato, 88, of Fredon Township, died on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River.

Born in Newark, Michael was raised in Hillside. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and was the owner/operator of A&L Plastics in Fredon. Previously, Michael owned an Italian restaurant and, prior to that, was an electrical engineer for NASA. He was a United States Air Force veteran. An extremely generous and trusting man, Michael’s true passion was being a pilot.

The son of the late Anthony “Tony” and Ida (Duncan) Amato, Michael was also predeceased by his wife, Janice Katherine (Carney) Amato in January of 2015; his grandson, Glenn Amato, in 2015; and his sister, Sally. He is survived by his sons, Larry Amato and wife, Lori, Lee Amato and Michael Amato, Jr.; his daughter, Sally Amato; his grandchildren, Amanda Tarr and husband, Andrew, Brent Amato, and Cory Johnson and wife, Christy; as well as his great-grandchildren, Hannah, Damain, and Dominic Tarr and Vayta Johnson.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, with an 11 a.m. funeral service. Burial will follow in Yellow Frame Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association (for Dementia Research), 23 Vreeland Road, Suite 105, Florham Park, NJ 07932. Online condolences may be offered at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Monday, October 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Monday, October 21, 2019
11:00 AM
Yellow Frame Cemetery
Yellow Frame Road
Fredon, NJ USA 07860
Monday, October 21, 2019

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