Paul Englehardt

Obituary of Paul Englehardt

Englehardt, Paul "Buddy", age 85 of North Haledon, born in Paterson, NJ, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018. Beloved husband of 33 years of the late Judith May (Nee Vogt). Loving Father of six daughters: Laura Englehardt of NY, Caryn and Lance Sterling of CA, Cheryl and Rick Bryce of OK, Heather and Dan Venezia of NJ, Jennifer and Joe McNamara of NJ and Kristen and Matthew Perini of NJ. Brother of Alma Englehardt and Edwin Englehardt and the late John "Tink" Englehardt and Richard "Dicky" Englehardt.

Buddy was a truly great man, known for his fierce patriotism, his boundless determination, his ability to make and fix almost anything, and his love of family above all. He lived by the motto, "Happiness is being one of the gang," and his incredible generosity was a gift to everyone he knew--people and animals alike. Among his many accomplishments, he was an entrepreneur and businessman (founder of Englehardt Adjustment, Accelerated Flights, and PEI Inc.), a pilot and flight instructor, a decorated veteran of the Korean War (Sgt. First Class and Bronze Star recipient), and community leader (President of the Hawthorne BOE and Lions Club member). Buddy served as mayor of Hawthorne from 1994 – 1998 and led the renovation of the Hawthorne DPW and recreational complex, as well as the establishment of a home base for the Hawthorne Ambulance Corps.

Buddy is also survived many friends and nineteen grandchildren: Timothy, Gregory (wife, Kristen), Casey, and Carly Schrantz; Brooke, Jake, Shelby, Savanna, and Jackson Sterling; Ellen, Rick, and Virginia Bryce; Ryan and Skyler Venezia; Judi Mae, Jahnelle, and Joey McNamara; Ella and Alison Perini.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral at the Festa Memorial Funeral Home 111 Union Blvd., Totowa on Friday at 9:15 AM. Funeral Mass to follow at St. Anthony's R.C. Church, Hawthorne at 10:00 AM. Committal at Cedar Lawn Cemetery Crematory, Paterson. Friends may visit Thursday 12:00-2:00 and 5:00-9:00. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hawthorne Ambulance Corp. and/or Grateful Doggies ( For more information, go to