TRENTON - James Vincent Sciocco, age 96, passed away at St. Joseph's Nursing Home at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
James was a lifelong resident of Trenton and very active in the city throughout his lifetime. He was the leader of the Jimmy Vincent Band, a well-known local music group who performed at many venues over the past 60 years. Jimmy, as everyone called him, played the saxophone and sang. He and his band performed at the Marroe Inn for many years and they also played with and were featured by the Shriners in Trenton.
Jimmy served in the United States Navy during World War II as a member of the Navy Band. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he played at rallies for various U.S. Presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. A longtime member and past president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 62, Jimmy continued to perform until a few years ago.
Jimmy was well-known throughout Mercer County and beyond, through his music. He played at countless weddings and occasions and it seemed like everywhere he went, someone knew him as Jimmy Vincent!
Jim retired from General Motors in 1972 after 34 years of service. He was a longstanding member of the North Trenton Sportsmen's Club and an usher at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Trenton.
Jimmy was predeceased by his wife, Josephine Tollis Sciocco, his parents and six sisters. He is survived by many nephews, nieces and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Church, 29 East Paul Ave., Trenton. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Garden of the Crucifixion Mausoleum. Friends and family may call on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619.
Charitable contributions in the name of James Sciocco may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Published in The Trentonian on October 4, 2012