Former WNY School Superintendent John Fauta Passes Away

Former West New York Superintendent of Schools John Fauta has passed away.   Fauta’s widow, Georgina Rey, posted on social media this morning, “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I write to notify you that my husband John Fauta peacefully entered eternal life this morning.  John was my rock, my best friend, and the best father anyone could have for our daughter Irene.  Please keep him in your prayers.”

Fauta retired from the Superintendent’s position on July 1, 2015.  Fauta served 22 years in the West New York school district, receiving the 2011 AP District of the Year Award.

Current West New York Commissioner Adam Parkinson, who graduated from Memorial High School and went on to serve as Board of Education President, texted Hudson TV that, “I was able to work with John Fauta for my first few years on the school board.  It was a surreal opportunity to work with the Superintendent who oversaw the district when I was a student.  I learned so much about how to be an effective board member under his tenure.  With over 20 years of service to the West New York School District, his loss is impactful.  My thoughts are with his family as we remember John.”

Fauta, who was 77, began his educational career after serving in the Vietnam War as a Marine Captain.  When he returned home, he ran a Bergenline Avenue flower shop before becoming asocial studies teacher at Memorial High School.  He eventually served as Memorial’s Vice Principal, then School #3 Principal and Assistant Superintendent before landing the Superintendent’s job.

Funeral arrangements are pending.  No cause for Fauta’s passing has been revealed.