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Rocco Neri

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Rocco Neri

AGE: 92 • Toms River

Rocco Neri, 92 of Toms River, passed away on Thursday October 6th at Fountainview Care Center, Lakewood. He owned & operated the Stuyvesant Auto Body in Irvington for 30 years. Born in Newark, he resided in Irvington from 1951 -1985 when he moved to Toms River. Rocco led a full and interesting life. He served in the Army and National Guard from 1939-1945. He was the first Italian-American Democratic chairman of Essex County and he served a term in the NJ State Assembly from 1974-1976. He was Undersheriff of Essex County until 1980. He served on the board of trustees at Irvington General Hospital for many years before retiring to Toms River, and continued to work part time at Monmouth Race Track and Giants Stadium. His last job was as a security officer at Kensington Manor in Toms River where he worked until the age of 83. Rocco is predeceased by his beloved wife, Julia Gerardo and his grandson, Daniel Smith. Surviving is his daughter, Angela & husband Bill Giglio of Toms River, a brother, Albert Neri of Parlin and a sister, Catherine Warren of Ray City, GA. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, namesake Rocco Salvatore of Duluth, MN, Gina D'Amato and husband Rob of Basking Ridge, and Patrick Smith and wife Kristina of Shrewsbury, 4 great-grandchildren, Joseph, Andrew and Nicholas D'Amato and Bridget Mary Smith. Visitation is Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Oliverie Funeral Home 2925 Ridgeway Rd Manchester. Funeral Liturgy is Monday 10:30AM at St Luke's Church, Toms River with entombment to follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit our website at


Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 8, 2011
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