Anthony "Tony" James Vaccarelli
AGE: 93 • Red Bank
Anthony "Tony" James Vaccarelli, 93, a lifelong resident of Red Bank, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 26, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family, to whom he was devoted and who shared a devotion to him in full measure. A graduate of Red Bank High School, Class of 1939, he attended Monmouth College for two years, leaving to serve in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed on Guam. When he returned home from the war in 1946, he joined his father and brothers, operating Vaccarelli's Bakery, a business founded by his father in 1918, and one which he maintained until his own retirement in 1996. A parishioner of St. James Church while raising his family, he was baptized at St. Anthony's Church, where he served as an altar boy, received his First Communion and Confirmation, and often attended weekday Mass. He was also active in the Italian American Club in Ocean.
A World War II buff, he was an avid reader and for many years after his retirement enjoyed educational courses on tape. Up until a few years ago, when listening to news of various conflicts worldwide, he continued to vow he would serve again if called, insisting most remaining members of the Greatest Generation would as well. One of the highlights of his life was to celebrate more than 50 years of marriage by taking his wife on a grand tour of Italy and visiting San Lupo, Benevento, his parents' hometown.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Maria Vaccarelli, his brothers, Pasquale, Ralph and Raymond, and his sister, Quintina. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Assunta "Sue" (Vaccaro); his daughters, Marie and Patricia; his sons, Richard and Anthony and his wife Mary; his grandchildren, Lisa Vaccarelli and her husband Amos Huron, and Michael Vaccarelli and his wife Rebecca; and two great-grandchildren, Ruby and Clara Huron. He is also survived by his brother, James Vaccarelli and his wife Margaret; a sister-in-law, Nancy Vaccarelli Bruscella; and many nieces and nephews.
Tony was predeceased by his dear high school friends, Monroe "Butch" Marx and Americo "Mitty" DeFazio, and survived by George Shomo, who rounded out his "Four Friends Forever."
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A funeral Mass will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at St. Anthony's Church, 121 Bridge St., Red Bank. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or online at www.stjude.org
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Published by Asbury Park Press on Aug. 28, 2014.