ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Dr. Hector Rocco Giancarlo, 84 of Delray Beach, Fla., and formerly of Englewood, died Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Born in Newark, Giancarlo graduated with a B.S. from Manhattan College in 1953, and earned his M.D. from the University of Padua in 1957. He served his internship at Jersey City Medical Center and his residency in general surgery and otolaryngology at New York Eye & Ear. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Head and Neck Society.
In 1954, Giancarlo was one of six survivors of an Air Italia flight from Rome to New York, which crashed upon descent to New York’s Idlewild Airport.
As a physician, Giancarlo received numerous awards and distinctions and won national attention for his pioneering surgical procedures in voice box reconstruction. He was the chief of surgery at New York Eye & Ear and had associations, department authority and/or professorships with several area hospitals. He also was co-founder of the Allandale Community for Senior Living.
He is survived by his son Charles Henry (Diane) and their three children, Gianna, Marielle and Andrew; his son James Christopher (Regina) and their three children, Emma, Luke and Henry; his son Michael Damian (Melissa) and their two children, Isabella and Christian; and his son Timothy Paul (Sandra) and their two children, Giovanna and Julian.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, 306 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church, 102 Park St., Haworth. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Johns Hopkins University, c/o Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 550 N. Broadway, 7th Floor, Baltimore MD, 21205 with a note indicating the donation is in memory of Dr. Hector Giancarlo to benefit the research of Dr. Daniel Drachman in the department of neurology.
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