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Carmelo (Tito) Toro

April 29, 1942 ~ May 25, 2022 (age 80)
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Carmelo Toro,  of Bayonne, entered into eternal rest peacefully on May 25, 2022.  "Tito", as he was known by all, was born in Puerto Rico and moved with his family to Hell's Kitchen in New York City at the age of 12. Tito was a proud father and excellent role model to his four young children from a previous marriage.  At an early age, he developed a strong work ethic which led to a position in security at the Metropolitan Armored Car then Owner/Operator of GT Trucking where he delivered furniture for Seamans until his retirement at age 62.

In 1973 while en route in an armored truck for his daily work shift, it was Love at First Sight for Tito when he entered a Brooklyn supermarket and spotted a beautiful cashier named Gloria.  Like the gentlemen he was known to be, Tito politely asked her to join him for coffee and it was at that moment he knew Gloria would be his soulmate.  Two years later the couple married and made Bayonne their home where they shared a glorious life as their families blended and also shared in their joy.  Perhaps the only thing that overshadowed Tito's big heart and incredible personality was his fierce love and loyalty to Gloria as nothing made him happier than to be her husband. 
Tito appreciated how Gloria made their home a welcoming haven for family and friends and was delighted with the extra special love she put into making many of his favorite dishes with rice and beans being his number one choice. 

After his retirement, Tito kept himself busy working for Archie's Cab in Bayonne for the next five years.  His leisure time included playing the slot machines with Gloria at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City and collecting coins and baseball cards. He enjoyed the comforts of home listening to the nostalgic tunes of singer Marc Anthony, watching the news events on TV, and researching historical information on his computer each morning.  His love of nature was evident as he bred and nurtured his 23 canaries.  Although Tito was a loyal and diehard Yankees fan, he also took an interest in the career of Puerto Rican-born, Roberto Clemente, a baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  

Tito took extreme pride in his Puerto Rican roots and treasured the good things in life which inspired those around him to do the same.  Spending quality time  fishing with his grandchildren when they were younger brought immense joy to Tito.  He was a caring and supportive husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather and his love for them was unwavering.  He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten, as his wonderful legacy will remain for all eternity.  

Tito was predeceased by his parents, Celia Oquendo and Damaso Toro, and his precious grandson, Nolan.  Left to cherish his memory are his dearly beloved wife of 49 years, Gloria (nee: Santapola); his children, Bethzaida Toro-Blaustein (Martin), Rosalie Toro, Harry Toro, 
Anthony Toro (Yanina), Robert Sacks, William Sacks (Linda), and Laurie Schiavello; his adored grandchildren, James, Michael, Jonathan, Richard, Anthony, David, Jenise, Kristine, Austin, Alexander, Alexa, Gabriela, Arianna, Joseph (Kara), and Craig, and great-grandchildren, Madison Rose, Timothy, Anthony, Ethan, Leila, Kylie, Arianna, Aaliyana, Calessie, Mercedes, Nathan, and his great-great-grandson, Waylon. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on May 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Entombment will be held on Tuesday, May 31st at 12:30 pm at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ.


We sat beside your bedside,

Our hearts were crushed and sore;

We did our best to the end,

'Til we could do no more.

In tears we watched you sinking,

We watched you fade away;

And though our hearts were breaking,

We knew you could not stay.

You left behind some aching hearts,

That loved you most sincere;

We never shall and never will

Forget you Tito dear.

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Afternoon Visitation
May 30, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home
20 East 22nd Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Evening Visitation
May 30, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home
20 East 22nd Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002


Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum
340 Ridge Road
North Arlington, NJ 07031

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