John Digirolamo, born on December 16, 1920, emigrated to the Unites States from Puglia, Italy with his family in 1930 . They resided in Jersey City where John graduated at the top of his class at Ferris High School. He was also Captain of the football team. His athletic and scholastic achievements earned him a scholarship to Columbia University, where he graduated with a BS in engineering in 1943. He later went on to earn his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering.
Upon graduation from Columbia, John went to work for the Lionel Corporation in Hillside, New Jersey, where he met Theresa Ferrari, who pre-deceased him after a 70 year marriage. In the course of his career at Lionel , he received six patents for electro-mechanical components and products that he designed at Lionel.
John left the Lionel Corp as Chief Engineer and Head of Sales, to start his own company, Jerome Industries, a small engineering and electronics manufacturing firm. in 1964. He started Jerome Industries in one room with 4 employees and upon it’s sale in 2011, he had over 100 employees, and it was a nationally recognized in it’s field. His company was sold after nearly 50 years in business. John worked until the day it was sold. He was ninety years old when he was “forced into early retirement,” as he liked to say.
John is survived by his 2 daughters, Silvia Del Priore and Francesca Digirolamo, their respective husbands, Alberto Del Priore and Richard Luna, and their children, Elizabeth Scura, Andrew Scura and Gabriella Luna, and great grandson, Gael Scura-Rodrigues. John is pre-deceasesd by his son Anthony, but survived by Anthony’s widow, Rose DiGirolamo and their children, Sarah, John and Julia DiGirolamo. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Digirolamo of Basking Ridge, N.J and his sister,Mary Casella of Leonia, NJ.
The family asks for no flowers, but to donate to the charity of your choice in his