Remembering James Gandolfini

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Candles lit at 14 Aspen Drive in North Caldwell, which served as Tony Soprano's home.
Candles lit at 14 Aspen Drive in North Caldwell, which served as Tony Soprano’s home.
He wasn’t born here, he didn’t grow up here, but Verona was the backdrop to some of the biggest moments in James Gandolfini’s life.

As Tony Soprano, he filmed key scenes of The Sopranos in Verona Park and at the field at HBW. He visited with “Bobby Bacala” at 56 E. Reid Place and dealt with his scheming mother Livia in her house at 55 Gould Street. Gandolfini and The Sopranos crew camped out in the basement of Holy Spirit Church while many of the Verona episodes were filmed. He might not have spent any time in Verona at all had The Sopranos creator, David Chase, gotten to know the town while his father managed a hardware store here.

Tony Soprano survived all the murder and mayhem around him, but James Gandolfini died in Rome on June 19.

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MyVeronaNJ.com readers took these photos of Gandolfini when he was filming in and around Verona.

Hanging at "Livia's house" with Tony Fabrizio.
Hanging at “Livia’s house” with Tony Fabrizio.

At the finale at Holsten's (courtesy Meghan Elizabeth)
At the finale at Holsten’s (courtesy Meghan Elizabeth)

With the iconic white SUV at "Livia's house" on Gould (courtesy Jeff Shilling)
With the iconic white SUV at “Livia’s house” on Gould (courtesy Jeff Shilling)

Filming on East Reid (courtesy Jeff Shilling)
Filming on East Reid (courtesy Jeff Shilling)

Mobster walk on Gould Street (courtesy Jeff Shilling)
Mobster walk on Gould Street (courtesy Jeff Shilling)

More filming on East Reid (courtesy Kristen Zanders)
More filming on East Reid (courtesy Kristen Zanders)

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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