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NAFASH – Harold age 72 of Ringwood, formerly of Bergenfield & Hasbrouck Heights on April 10, 2021. Beloved husband of Jean Nafash. Devoted father of Lisa-Marie O. Lynn and her husband Robert Lynn, Nicole A. Malizia and her husband Anthony Malizia, and Melissa H. Nafash. Loving grandfather of Tyler Lynn, Alexis Lynn, Vincent Malizia, Angelina Malizia, and Brayden Pagan. Supportive brother-in-law of June Baker, Eileen Baker, and Diane Nafash. Loyal and faithful friend to many. Pre-deceased are his parents Olga & Henry Nafash, mother-in-law Angelina Baker, sister Joan Nafash, brother Robert Nafash, brother-in-law Michael Baker, and special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Harold was raised in Union City until the age of 3, when his family moved to Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. He graduated Hasbrouck Heights High School in 1966 and began his rise in both his personal and professional life through Fairleigh Dickinson University, the United States Marine Corps, and his life-long career in commercial real estate. Commanding a territory from Delaware to Maine, Harold worked with Hanson Development, Melville, Forest City Ratner, Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement, Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Nafco Associates. He was appointed Chairman of the Planning Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a Commissioner for the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. Aside from enjoying his time as an avid golfer, traveler, and wine enthusiast, Harold dedicated his free time to enhancing and developing his hometown community as a Little League Baseball Coach, President of the Bergenfield Swim Club, Councilman and Council President, Police Commissioner, and Fire Commissioner. He was also intimately involved with his church where he sat on the Board of Elders, the Session, and was Head of the Finance Committee. Despite all that he accomplished outside of his home, Harold was well-known and deeply loved as a family man. His happiest moments were spent together with his family enjoying meals, movies, Broadway plays, vacations, laughing, and simply enjoying each other's company. Of all the titles he held, he truly cherished husband, dad, and papa the most. He is greatly missed by his wife, daughters, son-in-laws, grandkids, extended family, and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of distinguished character and faith.
Wake will be held at Riewerts Funeral Home, 187 S. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ on April 15, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral and Church Service will be held at South Presbyterian Church, 150 W. Church St., Bergenfield, NJ at 11:00 a.m.
Hello Nafash Family,
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Harold. I came to know him in the real estate community and we shared many great conversations, lunches and a few rounds of golf. He was one of the warmest, ethical, professional and great all around person I have ever met. We will be missed by so many and my prayers and love go to him and all of the Nafash family. Regards,
Raymond Rapcavage May 6 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Nafash. My sincere condolences to his wife, daughters, and family.
Liz Campbell Apr 17 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Jean and family; My deepest condolences for your great loss. May your memories of Harold bring you strength and comfort you. Dorothy Gall (Kathleen's cousin). Dorothy Gall
Dorothy Gall Apr 16 2021 12:00 AM
Very sorry to hear of Harolds passing. I shared the news with my Mom and Sister. They were sad to hear the news, we all send our deepest sympathies to you and the girls.
Frank Lomia and Family Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Jeanie, Lisa, Nicole and Melissa.
We are sorry for your loss. Our warmest condolences.
Jennifer Gilbride & Family
Jennifer Gilbride Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM
The Laganella Family is very sorry to hear about the loss of Harold Nafash. Harold was a close friend of my father's and subsequently became a close friend of mine. We used to hangout in my Dad's backyard and discuss real estate. Harold was a great deal of fun to be around, and I have many fond memories of him socializing at ICSC hospitality parties and playing golf together. Truly an expert in his field, I learned something new from him every time we spoke. Very sorry to his family for your loss.
Nick Laganella 3rd Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM
The Nafash Family
. I first met Harold thru Nick Laganella. We became fast friends and he was a frequent guest of mine at the Ridgewood Country Club Harold loved his golf and we all enjoyed his sense of humor. He will be sadly missed.
My condolences to his wife, who he loved dearly, and his family. Richard Clancy
Richard Clancy Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM
I have such amazing memories as a kid of Harold. He was one of my favorite people! So sorry to hear of his passing. I hope he's reunited and playing cards again with my Grandfather and all the other card playing cousins! Sending Love and Hugs during this difficult time. -Krissy Mueller (Herb Gorab's Grand-daughter)
Krissy Mueller Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM
I have known Harold for over 20 years through the real estate business. Harold was always a warm, sincere and principled man who took his work seriously as he did the many friendships he built as an retail property industry leader. He was very kind and respectful to my colleagues; he has a way about him that made people feel special the very first time they met him. He also was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in. I will never forget the time he tried to climb over a conference table (!) to make his point known to a rather unscrupulous property owner. I thought then that I would have done the same thing - if I only had the level of courage he did. There are a few people who I can truly say I have learned from and Harold is certainly one of them. A gentleman, a friend and a valued colleague. My deepest condolences to the Nafash family.
Andrew Stewart Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM
There are no words to describe how much we will miss you, you welcomed us into your family and now are one big family. you are a special man and the one who would get my jokes. rest in peace our friend, your always in our hearts.
bob and debbie lynn Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM