Eugene "Jeep" Fanucci, 93, a lifelong Jessup resident, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Mid-Valley Health Care Center. His wife of 68 years is the former Rose Saltapari.
Born in Jessup, he was the son of the late Eugenio and Assunta Fanucci. He was a graduate of Jessup High School, class of 1946, and he was class president. He was a United States Army veteran during World War II and was part of the Occupation Forces in Japan. After the war he was employed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as a payroll clerk for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary's Assumption Church, Jessup, now known as Queen of Angels Parish. He was active in the St. Ubaldo Day Race of the Saints.
He served as president of Elkview Country Club and was named an honorary board of directors member. He also was the starter and announcer of the annual club championships for many years. He was a member of the Jessup American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Club 100 in Jessup. He was a Little League baseball coach in the Jessup Midget Sports Association and was instrumental in forming the Ben Cardoni Baseball League and was its first commissioner. He was also the official scorer for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the New York Yankees triple A farm team. Jeep was also a well-known fixture on the playing fields throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania as a baseball umpire for more than 30 years. He officiated everything from Little League to college baseball at all levels. In honor of his distinguished athletic career, he was inducted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.
Also surviving along with his wife are a sister, Lil Salvador, Jessup; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Camoni, also of Jessup; several loving nieces and nephews including Marlene Pratico, Eugene Fanucci, Eugene Stankosky, Greg Salvadore, Robert Fanucci, Evelyn Olietti, Denise Allan, Gary Bernardi, Cindy Wilson; and many other loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Bessie Donati, Viola Stankosky, Ethel and Mary Fanucci; and brothers, Sam and Ben Fanucci; brothers-in-law, Henry Camoni and Al Salvadore; and sister-in-law, Santa Bernardi.
The funeral will be held Thursday with Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, Jessup. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
Interment will be private at St. John's cemetery. For online condolences, go to www.margottafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of the Margotta Funeral Homes.