In Memory

Buddy Ajalat (Music)

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11/04/17 08:46 PM #1    

Elaine Lally (Brady)

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Ajalat’s death. What a talented gentle man.  I will always remember him and great times at BHS- choir and our Madrigal group. He and Mr. Dente awarded me a special scholarship to attend symphonies at Lincoln Center which developed my love for classical music and on into opera. Buddy was one in a million and we were so fortunate to have him at BHS. God bless and my deepest sympathy to Carole and family. There is a wonderful Hallelujah chorus in heaven right now! Elaine 

11/05/17 08:49 AM #2    

Gail Gracey (Roncevic)

I am devastated at the news of Buddy’s death.  I took choir Fot 4 fabulous years at Bogota High School, looking forward to his class every  day.  In addition, our lives crossed paths finding ourselves in the same class for a graduate class at Montclair State College.  Finally, l taught 2 of his wonderful children at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale.  It was certainly a strange feeling having him and Carole in my classroom on Back to School nights.  The last time I saw Buddy and Carole was at Bogota High’s 50th reunion.  I was lucky to be able to talk with them, but only for a brief period of time.  Buddy was a wonderful man who left a lasting impression on my life.  He will be sorely missed by me and all of the many lives he touched.

11/06/17 08:48 AM #3    

Jeffrey Mohn

Buddy S. Ajalat(1930 - 2017)

Buddy S. Ajalat

Buddy S. Ajalat, River Vale, NJ, passed away on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Buddy is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years Carole; children: Audrey and her husband, Jeffrey, Susan and her husband, Charlie, and Peter and his wife, Laurie; grandchildren; Lucy, Chloe, Caroline, PJ and Michael; brother, Dick; sisters-in-law: Barbara and her husband, Bernie, Leila and her husband, Kevin, and Fran; nieces, Elizabeth and her husband, Michael, and Kate and her fiancé, Michael; great niece, Saidy, and many cousins. He is predeceased by his daughter, April.

Buddy received his B.S. at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music and Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory. Following these, he earned a Master of Music and Music Education at Penn State University. Buddy was a high school music educator for almost 50 years, spending the majority of his career at Northern Highlands Regional HS where he was Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts. He was inducted into the NHRHS Hall of Fame in 2016. Everyone who knew Buddy Ajalat loved him. He was a man of boundless energy, talent and creativity. He was generous, loving and devoted his life to his family, friends and students with equal commitment. He left no one untouched by his spirit and love.

The family will receive guests at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood, NJ, on Monday, November 6th, from 4-8PM. A Funeral of Divine Liturgy will be held at St. Anthony Orthodox Church in Bergenfield, NJ on Tuesday, November 7th, at 10AM with interment at Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, NJ to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Funeral Home

Becker Funeral Home
219 Kinderkamack Road Westwood, NJ 07675
(201) 664-0292

11/17/17 06:30 AM #4    

Jeffrey Mohn

August,2015 Hackensack Golf Club  Jim Lockwood, Janet Rossi Tanis, Barbara Banisch Lynch, Buddy Ajalat

Buddy and Carole were married on June 17, 1962

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