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George A. DiBouno, 75, Of Closter

CLOSTER, N.J. -- George A. DiBouno, 75, of Closter,  died Sunday, Oct. 16.

He was born and raised in Fort Lee, in the home his family owned since immigrating to the United States from Sicily.

DiBouno graduated Fort Lee High School in 1959 and attended Montclair State College, where he studied art education. Following his 1963 graduation from Montclair State College, he taught art and photography for 45 years at Holdrum Middle School in River Vale.

He was a recipient of many local and national art educator awards: New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year, New Jersey Outstanding Art Educator, five-time recipient of New Jersey Governor’s Excellence in Education, AENJ’s Distinguished Art Educator (in which an award was established in his name), NAEA’s New Jersey Outstanding Art Educator and also for the USA Eastern Region and River Vale Art Scholars award was made in his name.

In addition, he earned a master's degree from Long Island University and, for more than three decades, he was the art director for Camp Hillcroft in the Hudson Valley. He also was the costume designer for New Players’ Summer Stock program in Ridgewood. He was a founding member and president of the AENJ and co-founder Bergen County Teen Arts Festival.

As a distinguished art educator, he was proud to lecture at varied institutions like the Getty Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, and other local universities. Aside from a rewarding professional life, he was an avid gardener, traveller, collector of art and loved entertaining in his homes.

He is survived by his dear friend, June Cafarella; Goddaughter, Rachel Iannacone-Bakirtsis; Godsons, Joseph Iannacone, Gabriel Iannacone; cousin, Lucille Petrozzelli and many close friends of longstanding.

Cremation was private.

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