I read Two Jersey Brothers in one sitting. I could not put it down. A book project that started out to create a keepsake for the Finamore grandchildren leaves the reader with a great understanding of life growing up in Haledon, New Jersey in the 1940s and how all of our experiences of youth form the foundation for who we become as adults. It will bring back great memories for all who grew up in the 1940s and 50s. I recommend highly. -Amazon Review
Two Jersey Brothers recounts the boyhoods of brothers Nick and Bob Finamore in the small, quiet, one-square-mile town of Haledon, New Jersey during the Depression and World War II eras. Their grandparents had emigrated from Fraine and Caserta, Italy, and, like most of their close family members, worked in the mills of neighboring PaterAson, the “Silk City.”
In this vivid memoir they recall the colorful Haledon customers they served in their family’s vintage Belmont Diner, and delve into the values of respect, discipline, and hard work they learned from their family.
About the Authors:
Nick Finamore is a retired AT&T Regional Vice President with a thirty-five-year career in engineering, computer systems, sales, and human resources.
Upon retirement, AT&T contracted with him for another twelve years as a loaned executive under three New Jersey governors to assist in improving state operations.
“Two Jersey Brothers,” Nick’s memoir with his brother Bob, describes many life-changing events and influences from his childhood in Haledon, New Jersey, experiences which gave rise to a number of challenging hobbies. He became a pilot and partner in a Piper Arrow airplane; a performing pianist; a sailboat enthusiast on Cape Cod waters; and a licensed ham radio operator.
Nick and his wife of fifty-eight years, Marie, live in Annandale, New Jersey. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Bob Finamore’s career in education spanned thirty-five years, during which he served as teacher, coach, driving instructor, and athletic director. An athlete from a very young age, he received many accolades, most notably MVP awards in high school, college, and a post-season bowl game. He has also been inducted by his high school, college, and local athletic association (Paterson Old Timers) into their Halls of Fame.
In “Two Jersey Brothers,” Bob’s memoir with his brother Nick, he recounts boyhood encounters with many famous sports names, including baseball’s “Joltin’” Joe DiMaggio and “The Sultan of Swat” Babe Ruth; champion middleweight boxer Vince Martinez; top PGA golfers Roberto DiVicenzo and Dr. Cary Middlecoff; NFL Los Angeles Rams head football coach Ray Malavasi; and more.
Following his graduation from Memphis State University, he was drafted by the New York Jets and afterwards served for two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict.
His wife, Shirley, passed away after forty-four years of marriage. He lives in Wayne, New Jersey and spends time with his daughter, son, and two grandchildren who live nearby.