Summer time hasn’t even formally began but, however Dean Battaglia was already excited for fall.
His beloved son Ryan was going to be a freshman on the soccer crew at Bloomsburg College and Battaglia wasn’t going to overlook a beat.
“Dean had already deliberate all of the video games, made resort reservations so he might see all of the video games, even when it meant touring for hours,” his sister Sherrie Lubonski instructed NJ Advance Media.
Battaglia’s plans sadly ended final week when a South Brunswick faculty grounds upkeep worker was struck and killed by a automobile Wednesday whereas spraying weeds alongside a sidewalk at Crossroads North Center College.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Workplace has not launched extra details about the crash, which befell round 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. No expenses have been filed as of Monday and a spokeswoman declined to reply questions.
In the meantime, the household of the beloved 53-year-old father, brother and uncle prepares for his funeral, which is able to happen Thursday in South Plainfield.
“It is exhausting to place into phrases what an incredible individual my brother was,” Lubonski mentioned. “I will be misplaced with out him.”
Lubonski won’t be alone. She mentioned her brother lived for his two sons, teaching when he was youthful and a relentless presence within the stands at Ryan’s soccer and lacrosse video games and his daughter Alexandra’s discipline hockey and lacrosse video games at Delaware Valley Excessive College. in Milford, Pennsylvania.
“As an grownup, Dean was nonetheless an enormous child. He had a smile that lit up a room and a unusual giggle,” Lubonski mentioned. “He all the time cheered louder within the stands, instructed jokes and instructed tales. He knew somebody wherever he went. Dean had a fantastic persona however a delicate and type coronary heart. He would do something for household or associates.”
Battaglia additionally handled his co-workers and college students at South Brunswick like household. Along with engaged on the grounds and serving to put together the sports activities fields for recreation competitors, Battaglia was additionally a bus driver for the district’s sports activities groups.
“He beloved the children they usually beloved him,” Lubonski mentioned. “He usually laughed and sang with the children on the bus.”
Colleges Superintendent Scott Feder, in a letter to the college neighborhood Thursday, mentioned Battaglia was a “beloved” member of the district and a longtime worker of the constructing and grounds division.
“Our ideas and prayers exit to his household, colleagues and associates. We’re all grieving this unhappy loss,” Feder wrote.
Battaglia grew up in a close-knit household in Edison together with his dad and mom and two sisters, Sherrie and Kelly. Sports activities have been an enormous a part of her life, together with happening household holidays to Wildwood and Hillside Lodge within the Poconos, Lubonski mentioned.
“We have been a really shut household, we did every little thing collectively,” Lubonski mentioned.
His brother went on to play soccer and baseball at Edison Excessive College and later moved to Pennsylvania, the place his two sons have been born.
Battaglia later returned to New Jersey and settled in South Brunswick, the place he opened a landscaping enterprise and remained lively in sports activities, persevering with to play in grownup softball leagues and staying near his household.
Years later, he nonetheless beloved journeys to the Jersey Shore together with his household, which all the time included a slice of pizza and vinegar fries, his sister mentioned.
“He would boogie board, trip all of the rides on the boardwalk and cannonball them within the pool. He was a enjoyable man.”
A die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Battaglia might usually be seen wearing black and gold and often attended video games in Pittsburgh, his older sister mentioned. When the vacations arrived, Battaglia additionally opted for them. His favourite was Christmas: “baking cheesecakes, adorning, cooking and watching Jack Frost and all of the Santa Claus motion pictures,” his sister mentioned.
Battaglia can be survived by his fiancée Doreen Carbone, who has three daughters. Along with Lubonski and her youthful sister Kelly Luno and her husband, Battaglia is survived by 5 nieces. His dad and mom, Fred and Gerri, died earlier this 12 months.
Visitation for Battaglia might be Tuesday night time and Wednesday afternoon and night at South Plainfield Funeral Residence. A funeral might be held at 10 a.m. Thursday on the similar location.
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