Joseph Gorga, former vice president for Zenith Dyeing & Finishing Corp. in Paterson, N.J., died Tuesday at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. He was 90.
Born in Paterson, Gorga lived most of his life in neighboring Fair Lawn, until he retired to Brick in 1994. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, when his ship was sunk by a German U-boat and he spent 14 days on a life raft, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.
Gorga worked for Zenith, a finishing plant for man-made fibers, silks and cotton fabrics that remains in business, for 50 years.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara; two sons, Joseph, who is president and chief executive officer of International Textile Group, parent company of Burlington Industries and Cone Mills, and Lawrence; five grandchildren, Allison, Adam, Caroline, Joseph and Ella Margaret, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday at Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Road, Toms River, N.J., with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Paterson.