Joel Fielo

Day and Time of Service: Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

Location of Service: Ross' Shalom Chapels, 345 Main Street, Chatham, N.J. 07928

Interment: Temple B'nai Abraham Memorial Park, U.S. Route 22 East, Union, N.J. 07083

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Joel Fielo of Madison, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 2, 2016.  He was 83.  Born in Newark, N.J. he grew up in Newark and later Hillside, N.J.  While in Newark he had attended the Chancellor Avenue School, and the Weequahic High School Annex, though he graduated from the Hillside High School, where he had been editor of the school newspaper.  He went on to graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Rutherford, N.J. where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in business.  While in college he managed the baseball team, and was also a fencer on the fencing team.  He  lived in Irvington, South Plainfield, and South Orange for 27 years before moving to Madison in 1989.  An astute business man with a phenomenal work ethic he had worked as a financial executive for two major international financial trading companies.  He was an expert in bankruptcy and served on national bankruptcy committees.  He was a member of the National Association of Credit Management, the New York Credit and Financial Management Association and the Foreign Credit Interchange Bureau.  He was also an avid sport’s fan and could be found watching the Jets or the Giants during football season and the Mets during baseball season, usually with a cigar in his mouth.  He was an oenophile who loved California chardonnays, and studied Wine Spectator ratings carefully before making a purchase.  He would often talk about the first time his granddaughter Jaime stood up by herself, holding onto the coffee table and when she fell down startled, looked up at him as he smiled and said, “Boom.”  She followed with her own smile and replied “Boom.”  He had amazing strength of character, loyalty and integrity in all undertakings and took his responsibilities seriously.  He was a problem solver.  He is survived by Sandra B (“Sandee”) his beloved wife of 62 years, two sons, Jeffrey (Edwina, aka "Kandy") Fielo of Richmond, VA. and Eric Fielo of Madison, N.J., along with his adored granddaughter, Jamie Fielo-Coleman (and grandson-in-law William Coleman).  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Michelle Raimonda and her son Dan.