Obituary: John Baptist Scarinzi, 61, antiques dealer

WARREN, N.J. ¬- Antique Trader is sad to announce the passing of John Baptist Scarinzi, a long-time exhibitor at the Atlantique City shows. Scarinzi died at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J., on July 25 of a massive heart attack. He was 61.

“He was very nice, always laughing,” remembers Sophie Heinzer, a friend of Scarinzi from the antique co-op he belonged to. “He always went around wearing a French beret, we called him the ‘Little Frenchman.’ To sum him up in a word, he was a character.”

Scarinzi was born in Plainfield, grew up in the area and had lived in Warren for more than 30 years. While in Warren, he worked as an antique dealer and owned Falcon Antiques. He also owned a furniture restoration shop in North Plainfield.

Scarinzi’s had been participating at Atlantique City for almost 10 years. “He sold a little bit of everything at those shows,” remembers Andrea Sullivan, a friend of Scarinzi who originally introduced him to the shows. “He had unusual toys, furniture, pottery. He also had an infectious laugh, and an infectious smile. I don’t remember him being negative about anything, ever. It was almost like a comedy routine whenever he was around,” said Sullivan. “He’ll be missed.”

Survivors include his wife, Ceal (Burans) Scarinzi, his children, John B. IV and Melanie; his grandchildren, Maria, Sage, Ciara and Zakkary; and “Magic,” his black lab. A funeral mass was held on July 29 at St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham, N.J.