Two Jersey Brothers recounts the boyhoods of brothers Nick and Bob Finamore in the small, quiet, one-square-mile town of Haledon, New Jersey during the Depression and World War II eras. Their grandparents had emigrated from Fraine and Caserta, Italy, and, like most of their close family members, worked in the mills of neighboring Paterson, the “Silk City.” In this vivid memoir they recall the colorful Haledon customers they served in their family’s vintage Belmont Diner, and delve into the values of respect, discipline, and hard work they learned from their family.
They explain in graphic detail their upbringing in their Italian household that made ends meet because their parents worked hard — not because they had a lot of money.
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Nick and his wife of fifty-eight years, Marie, live in Annandale, New Jersey. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Nick Finamore is a retired AT&T Regional Vice President with a thirty-five-year career in engineering, computer systems, sales, and human resources.
Upon retirement, AT&T contracted with him for another twelve years as a loaned executive under three New Jersey governors to assist in improving state operations.
“Two Jersey Brothers,” Nick’s memoir with his brother Bob, describes many life-changing events and influences from his childhood in Haledon, New Jersey, experiences which gave rise to a number of challenging hobbies. He became a pilot and partner in a Piper Arrow airplane; a performing pianist; a sailboat enthusiast on Cape Cod waters; and a licensed ham radio operator.
Bob Finamore’s career in education spanned thirty-five years, during which he served as teacher, coach, driving instructor, and athletic director. An athlete from a very young age, he received many accolades, most notably MVP awards in high school, college, and a post-season bowl game. He has also been inducted by his high school, college, and local athletic association (Paterson Old Timers) into their Halls of Fame. Following his graduation from Memphis State University, he was drafted by the New York Jets and afterwards served for two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. His wife, Shirley, passed away after forty-four years of marriage. He lives in Wayne, New Jersey and spends time with his daughter, son, and two grandchildren who live nearby.