HAMILTON - Daniel DeCore, 92, passed away on June 22, 2014 at Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center with his loving family at his side.|
Born and raised in South Trenton, Dan was a graduate of Trenton High School, attended Rider University, and was an NJ licensed real estate agent. He was a longtime resident of the Chambersburg and Villa Park sections of Trenton; for the last 14 years he was a resident of Hamilton Township.
Dan was a veteran of World War II. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy and was part of the D-Day invasion of France, landing on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
Upon his return to Trenton from the war, Dan worked for the Federal Veterans Administration, where he met his beloved "Lucia," Lucille Coiante, whom he wed in 1947. He left government employment to become a successful businessman in downtown Trenton. With his brothers, Naylor and Fudie (Jutie), he owned and operated the Como Club Bar on Warren Street, and, later, the Lafayette Lounge on Lafayette Street. After the Lafayette Lounge was sold, Dan went to work for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection where, for the next 20 years, he negotiated the purchase of land for the state's Green Acres Program.
Dan was a sports and fitness enthusiast. He played handball and racquetball well into his 80s. He worked out regularly at the Trenton YMCA and, later, at the Italian American Sportsmen Health Club. He was an avid boxing fan, particularly, of the old time Trenton fighters. He could talk for hours about each of them. Dan was a member of several community organizations: the Italian American Sportsmen Club, the Roman Society, the Hamilton Elks, and the Hibernians.
However, the most important and cherished part of his life was the 59 years he was married to his beloved "Lucia," who predeceased him in 2006. He often said that he considered himself the luckiest man in the world when Lucille Coiante accepted his marriage proposal. Together they enjoyed playing tennis, riding their bicycles, traveling, fine-dining with family, and watching their grandchildren play numerous sports.
Dan was predeceased by his parents, Andino and Cesarina DiRe DeCore, and his parents-in-law, Joseph "Pip" and Flora Gizzi Coiante, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Arthur and Mary, Naylor and Anna, his brother, Fudie (Jutie), and his sisters, Angelina Schneidnagel, Florence Venturino and Lillian Barna.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel L. and Julianne Kocan DeCore of Princeton Junction, and Mt. Dora, Fla.; his grandson, Daniel L. DeCore III of Chicago; his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Donna Carnassale DeCore of Pennington and Avalon; a grandson and his wife, Dennis DeCore II and Megan DeCore of Princeton Junction; great-grandsons, Bennett, Brady, and great-granddaughter, Dylan DeCore; a granddaughter and her husband, Dana M. and Kyle Falconi of Princeton Junction; and three great-granddaughters, Ryan, Reagan, and Reese Falconi. Dan is also survived by his sister-in-law, Clara DeCore; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and two special longtime friends, Nick DelGaudio and Mike Maurio.
The immediate family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated staff (nurses, aides, and physical therapists) of the Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center "Smart Unit" for the loving, compassionate care they provided to Dan during his stay at the facility.
The funeral will begin on Monday, June 30, 2014, at 9:45 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Parish – Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 540 Chestnut Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611. Entombment will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Mausoleum, 400 Woolsey St., Hamilton. Friends and relatives may share their condolences with the family on Sunday, June 29, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Monday, June 30, from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dan's name to the Disabled American Veterans National Service Foundation, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, or to
, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Published in The Trentonian on June 27, 2014