World's Greatest Electrician and daughter.

Light Bulb Grave of World's Greatest Electrician

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Totowa, New Jersey

In life, Sal Giardino was known as a character. In death, he wanted to be known as an electrician.

World's Greatest Electrician.

He died in 1994, and the tombstone that marks his grave is a black, threaded, four-foot-tall light bulb emblazoned with Sal's NJ Electrical Contractors License Number 409, an etched hand clutching lightning bolts, and "World's Greatest Electrician" written in electroshock letters. On the bulb's base is engraved another lightning bolt and an electrical outlet. It's a good job of turning something conceptual into something visual, and it was reportedly based on a sketch made by one of his daughters.

So is the tombstone next to it, which marks the grave of another of Sal's daughters, Kim, who died only three months after Sal. It's as black as her dad's light bulb, but it's decorated with sand-blasted flowers and a large peace sign superimposed over the earth.

Light Bulb Grave of World's Greatest Electrician

Laurel Grove Cemetery

Totowa Rd, Totowa, NJ
Laurel Grove Cemetery. Enter at the corner of Riverview Drive and Totowa Rd, just west of the bridge. Drive up the tree lined road, pass the pond on the right, and then make your second right. You'll immediately see the black light bulb to your right, next to a tree.
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