Requiem For A Sign Maker


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Matt-ParkSignsOver a 29-year career, Verona sign maker Matthew BeneduceMcGrath brought his unique craftsmanship to every Essex County Park, Verona’s government and schools, its houses of worship and its businesses.

Matthew BeneduceMcGrath was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Bloomfield Avenue on June 24. At the time of his death, he was working on new sign for the upper field at Verona High School, commissioned by the Sellitto family.

In the basement location occupied by his business, Benegrathic Sign Design, BeneduceMcGrath championed old-school craftsmanship. He quietly shared his techniques with fellow artists, and with his community.

There will be a celebration of Matthew BeneduceMcGrath’s life on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Paul Ippolito-Dancy Memorial, 9 Smull Ave., Caldwell, with visitation from 3 to 8 p.m.. A service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 10 a.m.

This is a small part of Matthew BeneduceMcGrath’s legacy.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
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 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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