Vitorino Cirne of Lyndhurst worked hard to make sure his wife and three daughters were comfortable.
He died suddenly earlier this month, leaving his loved ones to cope with sorrow and uncertainty.
Family friends are determined, however, to help his wife Maria and children stay on track with their futures and education.
More than $12,000 had been raised as of Wednesday afternoon on a GoFundMe for the family.
His daughters attend Northwestern University, Colgate University and his youngest is graduating eighth grade next month.
All three are honor students, hardworking athletes, and talented musicians.
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