Cumberland Dairy, a family owned and operated New Jersey company, is one of the nation's premier specialty dairy and non-dairy product manufacturers. We market a full line of Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) / Extended Shelf Life (ESL) dairy products, which are produced using state of the art equipment.
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899 Landis Ave.
Rosenhayn, NJ 08352
80 Edward Ave.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
The Cumberland Dairy Family Mourns the Loss of Carmine C. Catalana, III
Carmine C. Catalana, III, Chairman of the Board of Cumberland Dairy died shortly after midnight on Thursday December 8, 2011 which is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
He was born on March 2, 1930, in Vineland, New Jersey to his parents, Charles and Elizabeth Catalana. He grew up in Bridgeton 2nd ward and proudly attended South Avenue School. He later attended and graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1948, where he played the alto Saxophone as member of the "Tune Toppers". He has diligently worked with other members of the Class of 48 on many annual Class reunions.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 serving in Heideliberg, Germany receiving his honorable discharge in 1954. When he returned home from the service, Carmine worked along with his father, mother, and uncle as they labored to build their business, Cumberland Dairy. He along with his father built a new plant on Edward Avenue in 1954. That is where the tag line "South Jersey's Most Modern Dairy" was coined.
He met his future wife, Theresa Bertolini while frequenting "The Sweet Shop" Restaurant in Bridgeton where his Uncle Joe DeLuca was the cook. They were married on October 5th, 1957 at Immaculate Conception Church in Bridgeton. Carmine worked alongside his parents at the dairy until his father's death in 1966 at the young age of 62. At that point the future of Cumberland Dairy was firmly in his hands.
While his business continued to grow, so did his young family. His first son, Carmine, IV, was born in September, 1958. Three more sons, Frank, Michael, and David were next, and then in 1966, his daughter Maria was born.
As the children grew, so did Carmine's involvement in their schools and church. For years, he served as the President of the Immaculate Conception School Board, and then later was named President of the Diocesan School Board. He also coached the school's CYO boys' basketball teams for fifteen years, winning numerous championships. He has been a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, St. Augustine Prep Advisory Board, and Men of Malvern. He also serves his church community as a Eucharistic Minister.
Under his direction, Cumberland Dairy grew from a small, local dairy to one of the largest producers of specialty dairy products on the east coast. The company he ran with his sons Carmine, Frank and David grew because of Carmine's leadership; his vision; and his dedication to his customers, suppliers and employees. Carmine always considered many of these people like family to him. His standing in the dairy industry has led to many accolades for himself and his company, including being named to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Food Processors Association, and as a trustee for the New Jersey Milk Association.
Carmine has contributed his time and resources to many charitable and civic organizations. He has been a member of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey Board since 1991, serving as President from 1999-2001. He is a member of the UMDNJ Dean's Development Council and the Italian American Civic Club Board of Trustees. He was Chairman of the March of Dimes Walk America in 1989, along with being Cumberland County's largest fundraiser for six consecutive years. Carmine was also the former President of the Bridgeton Exchange Club and a former Member of the Red, White, & Blue Band, two organizations that he proudly served in with his father. He was one of the many organizers and driving forces behind the Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebration in Bridgeton annually on the Sixteenth of July.
For all of his charitable endeavors, Carmine has been bestowed several great awards, including being named the 1989 Recipient of the Gregor Mendel Award from St. Augustine Prep and the 1996 recipient of the Spirit of Achievement award from the Italian American Heritage Cultural Society. In 2008, he was inducted into the St. Augustine Prep Hall of Fame. The Hendricks House of Vineland awarded him with the Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Of all of his accomplishments, Carmine is most proud of his family-- his wife of over fifty years, Terry, their five children, and thirteen grandchildren. His son Carmine IV and wife Dana (Kazan) and their three children Rachel, Nicholas and Rebekah; his son Frank and wife Sherri (Ferrillo) and their children Mindy, Andrew and Chad; his son Michael and Bernadette and their daughters Carly and Courtney; his son David and wife Beth (Pierantozzi) and their children Taylor, Jordan and Garrett; and daughter Maria and husband Tony Iaconelli and their children Ryan and Megan.
Of Carmine's many interests, he loved playing golf with his many friends, family and business associates. He was a passionate fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and a season ticket holder since 1969. He was a tireless supporter of St. Augustine Prep Basketball, as well as many other numerous teams that his grandchildren played on. He loved his Tuesday nights at the Italian American club playing cards with the guys. He also loved his morning game of solitaire.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral which will originate at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton on Tuesday morning December 13th at 10 o'clock and will be followed by an 11 o'clock Funeral Liturgy at The Parish of the Holy Cross/Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton.
The burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at Laurel Lawn in Upper Deerfield Township.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday afternoon and evening from 5 until 9 and also Tuesday morning from 8:30 until 10.
Memorial contributions can be made in Carmine's name to any of the following; Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, 550 Mickle Boulevard, Camden, NJ 08103, ph: 856.966.4663; Saint Augustine College Preparatory School, 611 Cedar Ave., Richland, NJ 08350, ph: 856.697.2600; Our Lady of Mercy Academy, College Prep High School for Young Women, 1001 Main Road, Newfield, NJ 08344, 856.697.2008; Sacred Heart High School, 15 North East Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360, ph: 856.691.4491; or The Parish of the Holy Cross/Immaculate Conception Church, 312 N. Pearl Street, Bridgeton, NJ, ph: 856.455.2323.
For an article published in The Bridgeton News today regarding Carmine, please visit: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2011/12/carmine_catalana_iii_cumberlan.html.
Carmine C. Catalana, IV, President
David A. Catalana, V.P. of Sales
Frank J. Catalana, V.P. of Operations