DENVILLE, NJ - State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, who represented Denville, died Monday, Sept. 16, of a major heart attack, according to his family.

Bucco (R-25th Dist.), died at Denville's Saint Clare's Hospital, said Bucco family spokesperson Michael DuHaime. Bucco has been undergoing treatment for a curable form of throat cancer since February.

“It is with great sadness I share that Senator Tony Bucco suffered a major heart attack this morning at his home," said DuHaime on Monday evening. "He passed peacefully this evening with his family by his side at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville. The family kindly asks for privacy at this time.”  

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Bucco was 81. His son, Anthony M. Bucco, represents Denville in the state Assembly and serves as township counsel.

The elder Bucco served as mayor of Boonton, as a Morris County freeholder and as a state assemblyman before becoming a state senator in 1998.

NJGOP Chair Doug Steinhardt released the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Anthony Bucco:

“Senator Bucco leaves behind an enduring legacy of public service and selfless leadership. His sudden passing comes on the heels of his courageous fight with cancer. The State of New Jersey is no doubt a better place for his tireless work in the state legislature. The thoughts and prayers of the entire NJGOP family is with the Bucco family.”

 

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