James J. Puliatte

James J. Puliatte “Deacon Jim”, 78, of Norwood, NJ, entered into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. He was the devoted husband of Elaine C. (nee Cavalli). Beloved father of Jennifer Brunet, Justin, Jonathan and his wife Stacy and James and his wife Brianne. Proud and loving grandfather of James, Alex, Sara, Ella, AJ, Avary, Austin, Maverick and Atlas. Dearest brother of Rosemary Misstretta and her husband Peter. Also survived by many other loving relatives and cherished friends.

Jim was a Roman Catholic Deacon ordained on June 12, 1977.  He served at Immaculate Conception Church in Norwood for many years and most recently was at St. Joseph’s Church in Demarest. He owned and operated Bruno Ravioli in New York City and Hackensack before retiring. He was a graduate of St. Cecilia’s High School and Fairleigh Dickinson College and attended Broadcasting School.

Jim dedicated his life to serving others. He adored his family, his community,the parishes he served and most of all, his God. He will be truly and dearly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Visiting hours are Friday, May 19, 2023 from 2-7 PM at St. Joseph RC Church, 573 Piermont Road, Demarest, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10 AM at St. Joseph Church with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.  Deacon Jim would want others to benefit from your kindness.

A beautiful tribute from the 35th Anniversary of Jim being a deacon can be viewed through this link:



  1. Please accept my condolences

    May Deacon Jim Rest In Peace And May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him …

  2. My Wife and I were the first people he ever married.
    Rest in Peace my Friend.

  3. Matthew Traudt

    I can’t help but think as we get ready for Memorial Day the many times I called on Jim to be there for the parade & ceremony. To offer a prayer at the ceremony & without fail he’d always be there. He was there for so many people on so many occasions. I can only offer my thanks for you being there Jim & that the Traudt family is praying for your family. God bless.

  4. Dear Puliatte Family,
    I extend my sincere condolences and thoughts/prayers. Deacon Jim was truly one of a kind and had such a positive impact on so many. I recently reconnected with Jim and asked him to do my Father’s eulogy in Norwood as a surprise to my Mom. My parents spent over 30 years in Norwood before relocating to San Antonio. Deacon Jim graciously accepted and made my Dad’s mass very personalized and special. I am grateful I was able to meet with Jim and Elaine again and am saddened by his passing. However, I have no doubt he’s in heaven with the people he referred to as “Norwood Estates” greeting them all one by one with his infectious smile and laugh.
    God Bless and RIP.

  5. Robert Gianantonio

    Words cannot describe Jim.
    He was a very special person.
    It was not easy to take the path that Jim took. In the 1960-70 .
    It took a special man to comment to the church when there was so much temptation
    Not to.
    Jim was brave and true to his beliefs and his legacy lives on with his children and grandchildren.
    He enriched every one who new him.
    I will miss him .

  6. Frank,Maureen and family

    Deacon Jim a wonderful person that we loved so much. Thank you for all your love and prayers and may the Lord hold you in his arms. You will be so missed !!! God Bless!!!❤️❤️❤️

  7. Dear Elaine, Jennifer, Justin, Jonathan, James and Families. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of a most remarkable human being. I have no doubt when Jesus took his hand and led him to paradise, that he said to Jim,”well done good and faithful servant”. So many have been blessed by his presence on earth, none more than you, his loving family. I will pray for your comfort and peace, until you meet him again.

  8. A great guy who managed dozens of high school boys at Shop Rite of Fort Lee in the early 1970s. He taught us to be efficient and courteous and most importantly he made the job fun. I still walk into supermarkets a half century later, see someone not doing their job and think, Jimmy would not have tolerated that. Thanks for those lessons, Jimmy.
    To a life well lived.

  9. Jimmy, you were a great friend from when we were kids in Fort Lee until now! You will be missed by All who had the good fortune to know you nd be part of your family in and outside of the church!!!
    You have taken a piece of our hearts with you!
    Willl always love you nd will always love Elaine nd your children! Until we meet again!❤️❤️

  10. Glynis Burke Dolan

    Deacon Jim will be so missed. There was no one more present, caring, kind, interested, funny and real than DJ. He was with us for so many milestones; some happy and many sad and through it Deacon Jim was a ray of hope and a path to strength and faith and resilience. We are so saddened with this tragic loss to the Pulliates and to all of us, his flock. We love you Deacon Jim and know that you are with the rest of the Angels watching your earthly family and ours. Please hug Patrick for me. With love and deep condolences to your family, Glynis Dolan and family . God Bless

  11. My condolences. Mr. Puliatte was a kind man. My thoughts and prayers to him and his family in this difficult time.

  12. Karen Maisano

    Jim married my husband and me in 1976. I am forever grateful for having him in our lives. My husband died in 2011 and there is not a day I don’t remember that beautiful day and having him a part of the ceremony! What a great man! Rest in pieace my friend and join your friend in the afterlife! All my love to your family and friends!

  13. Gail and Bill Sambuca

    Our sincere sympathies go to Elaine and family. Jim was a wonderful and loving person. He will be greatly missed. Love to the family

  14. Annette Lobger

    So sorry for your loss. Deacon Jim was always so kind & friendly to everyone. RIP Deacon Jim u will be missed!!

  15. Melissa Manning

    Dear Elaine, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Deacon Jim was a kind and sweet person who touched many lives through his service to God and his community. It was an honor to be part of his 45th Anniverssary celebration as a deacon at the Immaculate Conception Church of Norwood last year. Sending hugs, 🙂 My condolences to you and your family, may he RIP!

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