Obituary of Thomas James Allocco
Thomas James Allocco, formerly of New Vernon, NJ, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 11, the day after his 85th birthday, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Lee Allocco, his daughter Laura Allocco-Keezing and her husband Harrison Best, son Scott Allocco and his husband Douglas Clark, son Neil Allocco and daughter, Lee Allocco. They have eight grandchildren; Sarah, David, Zoe, Vincent, Faulkner, Devon, Simeon, and Christopher, and three great grandchildren; Hudson, Ginger, and Rosebud. Tom was born in Morristown, NJ in December of 1933 to his parents Thomas Allocco, Sr and Katherine (Walling) Allocco. He and his brother, John Heston, grew up in New Vernon, NJ, and attended Morristown High School. After graduating from Trinity College in 1955, where he was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and the ROTC, Tom joined the United States Navy, where he served as a Lieutenant J.G. navigator on the USS Kearsarge aircraft carrier in the Pacific after the Korean War.
In addition to raising his four children in their family homestead on Blue Mill Road in New Vernon, Tom had a long business career in the financial services industry. After retiring, he and his wife Nancy moved to Chester, NJ, then to Long Valley, NJ to live with their daughter Lee in 2009. In addition to being a loving husband and father, he was also very active in the community. Tom and his wife have been lifelong members of the New Vernon Presbyterian Church, where eight generations of his family have attended. As an active member of the Harding Township Historical Society, he worked to restore the Tunis-Ellicks House. Tom was also an avid gardener and golfer and in his retirement he greatly enjoyed working at the Flanders Valley Golf Course.
The Allocco family invites their friends and relatives to join them at the Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ on Friday, December 14th from 4-8pm. All are welcome to the graveside ceremony at the New Vernon Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Saturday, December 15 at 11am with a repass immediately following at the church.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Thomas Allocco, please visit Tribute Store
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