R.I.P. Columbus Park Hot Dog Stand

R.I.P. Jaime Vallejo the Columbus Park Hot Dog Vendor

Sad news today in Hoboken, as residents were shocked to find out that Jaime Vallejo, the hot dog vendor outside Columbus Park (on the High School side), passed away last night. Word is that he suffered from some form of cancer.

Jaime Vallejo Hot dog guy Columbus Park Hoboken NJ RIP

He was always friendly and said hello – each and every time we walked by. And was more reliable than the Postal service! As Hoboken resident Frank said: “People are visiting, setting down flowers, he was just one of those great Hoboken fixtures, everyday he was there, something very cool about his dependability, very sad and many many many people are saddened by his death…”

He served as a familiar icon in town. Kids from the school enjoyed a quick bite, moms and kids at the adjacent playground supported him, and he always had ice cold water on hot days. Fairly priced too! Sad that he’s gone.

The makeshift memorial with candles and flowers is set up on the south entrance to the park, at 9th & Grand Streets.

Columbus Park Hot Dog Stand owner passes away in Hoboken NJ

8 Responses

  1. jonsie says:

    I went to get a dog today when I found out. What a downer that was.

  2. Nancyz says:

    Oh no! Why? Seems like all these hidden nooks that made Hoboken special in their own unique way are slowly fading away.

    • hoboken411 says:

      Below is Jaime’s obituary. The funeral will be held at St. Joseph’s Church on Friday, May 9th at 10am. Visitation at Failla’s Funeral Home on Thursday, May 8th from 5pm to 9pm.

      Jamie H. Vallejo – 2014
      Jaime H. Vallejo, 56, of Hoboken, passed away Monday May 5, 2014 at Hoboken University Medical Center. Born in Manizales, Colombia, Jaime was a self-employed hot dog vendor in the city of Hoboken for over 30 years located at Columbus Park.

      He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife, Gladys (nee: Norena); his cherished son, Edwin; and his devoted daughter, Stephanie. Jaime is survived by his three brothers, Nelson, Diego, and Jorge; and his four sisters, Stella, Gloria, Lida, and Marta.

      • Soha says:

        Goodbye Jaime. I am so so sad to hear you have passed away. What a shocking news? I will miss you driving by on 9th street. You always had a big smile and you were always there. I wish your family a lot of patience. You will be truly missed.[quote comment=”223105″]Below is Jaime’s obituary. The funeral will be held at St. Joseph’s Church on Friday, May 9th at 10am. Visitation at Failla’s Funeral Home on Thursday, May 8th from 5pm to 9pm. [/quote]

  3. jorge says:

    We are deeply sad by this. May God bless his soul and his family. Such a kind man, shame he was taken so soon.

  4. animal_lover says:

    God bless he was a very nice and reliable man that added to the community life in Columbus Park. I sincerely hope that one of his family members will want to continue the tradition to help keep the County Columbus park a park for all to enjoy rather than being striped of its intention like the non-inviting Hoboken managed parks.

    It was not just a few weeks ago that I was told that Church Square was a children’s Park. Let’s honor the Community and his memory by keeping Columbus Park a Community Park.

  5. OpenEyes says:

    He was such a nice man . He always had a smile for everyone. He also had a wonderful beautiful family . I really will miss him

  6. kal-el says:

    he was a great guy. not a day went by for the last 30 yrs that we haven’t said hello.. I know him since my teen yrs and my children got to know him on a personal level also,he allways had kind words and was allways good to everyone.. RIP MY FRIEND

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