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NJSME Member Gregory A. Sgroi Passes
Gregory A. Sgroi, former Cranford Township Engineer, pro bono activist, Roselle Councilman-at-large and Borough Engineer, died on July 22, 2015 at the age of 96. He was a licensed Professional Engineer and Planner and practiced as an engineering consultant for many years.
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He was predeceased by his wives Christine Cabasino Sgroi and Olga Kuzenka Sgroi; his daughter Patricia S. Foreman; his stepdaughter Patricia Kuzenka; and five siblings. He is survived by his children: Elizabeth A. (Thomas) Burke of Trumbull, CT; Gregory F. (Deborah) Sgroi of Wheeling, WV; Theresa M. (Robert) O'Brien of Manasquan, NJ; Thomas J. (Kathy) Sgroi of Arlington, VA; son-in-law John E. Foreman of Belle Mead, NJ; step-daughters Marilyn Court of Metuchen, NJ and Lois DeMasi of Harrison, NY; his brother, Salvatore "Sam" (Jeannette) Sgroi of Canastota, NY.; nineteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; several loving in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sgroi was born in Canastota, N.Y. He was a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was elected to Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering honorary. He held a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at Columbia University. He was a life member of the NJ Society of Professional Engineers ("NJSPE") and the NJ Society of Municipal Engineers.
As Cranford Township Engineer, he was committed to, and instrumental in, resolving chronic flooding issues in the Township. He proposed the pumping station, which now bears his name, in the Upper Northeast Quadrant of Cranford. He also proposed and promoted the Cranford Public Works Roundhouse and established the Conservation Center. He served for many years as the adviser to the Township Flood Advisory Committee and as Chairman of the Union County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
As the Roselle Councilman-at-Large and Borough Engineer, Mr. Sgroi was responsible for the construction of two industrial parks. He also served as the borough's Fire Commissioner and as a member of the Planning Board.
In the private sector, he worked for Worthington Pump Co., Harrison, NJ; Merck and Co., Rahway, NJ; and the Bendix Corp., Teterboro, NJ.
Mr. Sgroi received numerous awards and honors, including selection to the Wall of Distinction by the Board of Education, Canastota, NY school district; several awards for contributions in flood control, such as, the Crane Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution community service award, Citizen of the Year from the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, commendation from the Township of Cranford, the "Pride in Cranford" award from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Community Service Award from the Cranford Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Sgroi was a WWII veteran, having volunteered for military duty while working in the defense industry He held the rank of Lieut. (jg) USNR and was a member of VFW Post 335, Cranford, NJ.
Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 N Ave W, Cranford, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM on Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 40 Alden St, Cranford, NJ. Private burial will follow at St. Gertrude's Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the NJ Chapter of NSPE's scholarship fund for high school students in NJ. Checks may be sent to NJSPE Education Foundation, 414 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08611.
New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers