Jaye Gorlin Tarantino, 69, of Union, N.J. passed away peacefully at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston on Friday, May 7, 2021. Jaye was born in Newark, N.J. on June 1, 1951. She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph Gorlin and the late Rose (nee Rothspan) Gorlin; and the dear sister of Michell Gorlin.
Beloved by family, countless friends and her cat Cami, Jaye was a loyal and trusted confidante. She was also an accomplished and driven businesswoman who wore many hats. She was involved with the 1970s-era newspaper Garden State Nite Life, and later published her own magazine, Day and Night. She sold advertising for Orechio Newspapers for a time. She was a travel agent at Belleville Travel in the late 1980s and early 1990s, where cruises were her passion. One of her pleasures was being a roving pianist, playing dinner music in area restaurants.
It was in the township of Belleville, however, that her good deeds and positive impact was truly felt. She was co-owner of Tarantino's Stage Deli, later Tarantino's, in Belleville in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She later owned and operated Flowerama. She was a past president of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, led efforts to establish Hornblower Day in Belleville and helped to have the historic Hornblower family recognized as one of Belleville's first families.
Jaye will be remembered as a person generous with her time, assisting small business owners and organizing international trade events. People knew her car by her distinctive license plate, “5STARJ.” A queen of mitzvahs, when people came to Jaye with a problem or a need, she did her best to help fill that need or solve that problem. One of her favorite sayings was, “You do a good deed because you want to, not because you can get something out of it.”
Funeral arrangements were private under the care and direction of the Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home, 276 Washington Avenue, Belville, N.J. 07109 (973-759-1114)
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