Anthony "Tony" Leonard DeLuca, 82, formerly of Hamilton Square, passed away peacefully at The Clare Estate of Bordentown on November 13, 2014.
Family was Tony's top priority, and he loved going out to dinner and spending time with his children and grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as "Goots." He loved music and singing, which began as a child growing up in Long Island City, Queens, New York.
His birth name was actually Anthony Cianciaruso. Tony's father died before he was born so his mother, Rose DeLuca, moved back into the family house. He was raised in a loving environment surrounded by his aunts and uncles and helped out in the family's grocery store. He was known as "the DeLuca boy" and so, with little contact from his father's family, he decided in high school to legally change his surname to DeLuca.
Tony was married to the love of his life, Theresa Melanson DeLuca, for 46 years before she passed away in 2006. They have five children, Anthony DeLuca (spouse, Ann), Rosemarie Blumenthal (spouse, Larry), Christopher DeLuca, Ann Pastorello (spouse, Ben) and John DeLuca, and six grandchildren: Amy DeLuca, Ross and Clay Blumenthal, Jeffrey and Gregory Pastorello, and Alyssa DeLuca. He also leaves behind a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wilfred and Teresa Melanson, a niece and nephew.
Tony received his Associate Degree in Business from Brooklyn College before being drafted by U.S. Army near the end of the Korean Conflict. During the war he was trained as a radio teletype operator while stationed in Yokohama, Japan.
Tony worked as a health physicist, promoting radiation safety and traveling to hospitals from New Jersey to Massachusetts. His career began at Radium Chemical Company in Woodside, Queens, where he met his wife, Theresa. In 1969 Tony took a job at Princeton University and moved the family to Hamilton Square, NJ. He spent much of his career at Bionucleonics, a radiological physics consulting company.
Tony was a member of Civitan, a volunteer service club that helped people in the community until the chapter closed. A number of friends from the club later formed a social dining group they called the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). His closest friends were Dick Stella and Joe Russo, who was also a resident of Clare Estate and predeceased him last month.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3816 East State St. Extension, Hamilton, NJ.
Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.
Calling hours for family and friends will be on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tony's honor to Autism Cares Foundation, P.O. Box 180, Richboro, PA 18954 or www.autismcaresfoundation.org.