Philip Tucci

Philip A Tucci

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Philip A. Tucci of Monroe Township passed away peacefully on April 27, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 96 years old. Phil was born August 19,1922 in Montclair NJ to Michael and Antoinette Tucci. He was the second of six siblings. His early education in Montclair was in the parochial and public school systems. He also served as Vice-President of George Inness junior high school. Throughout his teenage years and into adulthood, he was famous for his excellence as a golfer.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Naval Airforce and fought in The Pacific. After his honorable discharge he joined the New York Province of the Jesuits. He then attended Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ and graduated with a BA in English. He was an administrator at The Ateneo de Zamboanga University in the Philippines for twelve years.

When returning back to the US, he earned his MA in accounting from Fordham University. Phil went on to work for the Board of Education in New York. Years later, he became the business administrator for Saint Frances De Sales School for the Deaf, in Brooklyn, NY. He retied after thirty years of service.

Phil is survived by his wife Mercedes Tucci of Monroe Township, his daughter Maria Soccor of Union, his youngest brother Michael Tucci of Sarasota, Florida and his younger sister, Geraldine Weinspach of Clifton, NJ. Three of his siblings, Peter A. Tucci, Joseph C. Tucci and Alba Munn are deceased.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    30 North Fullerton Ave
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
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    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: and
  • Service

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 10:30am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    30 North Fullerton Ave
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: and
  • Interment

    Rosedale Crematory
    408 Orange Rd
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Vanessa Marlowe

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Philip A. Tucci was a very kind man whose open-hearted spirit truly lives on in his daughter, Maria Soccor.

And I’m sincerely grateful I was able to sit with him for a spell and listen to him share some of his life adventures.

Whenever with him, he always made one feel instantly at ease, like family, which for me, he was and always will be. You could always see his compassionate and gentle nature, in addition to his wonderful sense of humor, in the way he carried himself and the way he let people in to his heart and life.

I have one particular memory while in first, rather raw, attempt at stand up comedy took place out of the former Tucci garage to a very over-heated, non-interested crowd in the middle of a blistering hot and humid Jersey summer. We were doing a fundraiser for a local Mayor. Wearing a large wool blanket and singing West Side Story's, "Maria" I stared out at a crowd of hot, bored, very unamused faces. Everyone was fanning themselves and seemed eager for me to finish my horrible performance. But then I saw Mr. Tucci laughing. At first I thought he was being polite, but I felt he was really, genuinely laughing. And it made me relax a little. He gave me encouragement and comforted me because I felt like he really understood me, like he totally got it and what I was trying to do.

While he retained his faculties, no matter how difficult times were, he was always kind, never cruel, and always managed to keep that wonderful sense of humor, something I truly admire and love about him. These wonderful parts of him live on so well through his family, and most especially Maria, of course. But it is that undeniable sense of humor that I will miss most.

And he was just such a huggable, lovable person. ^_^

Who could not miss him?

But I know in my heart, that he is in peace, a good place, without pain or suffering, because where else could such a gentle soul be but in the place of love in which he came from and lived his entire life in?

And I hope we can all feel comforted knowing that he must feel the love we feel for him, wherever he is, because it's too strong to escape! :-)

I wish him, and all of his family and friends who miss him and love him, happiness, peace and love. As we continue to remember the light of his being here, the gift that he gave all of us was his life...

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