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Late Ridgewood Native Remembered As Passionate Hairstylist

Joseph R. Di Bella of Saddle Brook.
Joseph R. Di Bella of Saddle Brook. Photo Credit: Joe Dibella Facebook

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Lifelong Saddle Brook resident Joseph R. Di Bella died on Jan. 4. He was 37.

Di Bella, who was born in Ridgewood, is survived by his parents, Raymond and Betina “Tina” (née Nevoso) Di Bella, brother Daniel, sister Dawn Canestrino and her husband Arthur, niece Juliana, nephew Artie, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Di Bella followed in his great grandfather’s footsteps to become a talented hairstylist. He was also “a jack of all trades and would learn anything he put his mind to,” according to his obituary.

“He had a green thumb, a passion about landscaping his home … he was a naturalist, an expert in reptiles who cared passionately about his animals,” his obituary states.

“He passed his passions onto his niece and nephew, who he adored, teaching them about lizards and exposing them to plants and science,” it states.

Di Bella is also described as a supportive friend to an endless number of people.

Online tributes and memories poured in from many of those friends.

“Seems like yesterday you were cutting our hair in your basement … You will be missed,” Carmine Soprano wrote.

“I want you to know I am also a better man because of you. Your beautiful smile will live on in all the things you taught me,” Isaac Polanco wrote.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Patrick J. Conte Funeral Home, 274 Market St., Elmwood Park. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Leo’s R.C. Church, Elmwood Park, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, with people leaving from the funeral home at 9 a.m. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

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