ROXBURY, NJ - Funeral services for state Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, who represented Roxbury, will be private, but the public is invited to attend a remembrance service scheduled for Sunday at County College of Morris in Randolph on Sunday Oct. 6.
The service, to take place in the CCM Student Center Auditorium, will begin at 2 p.m., according to the Bucco family. They said people wishing to make donations should do so, in the senator's memory, to Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad, PO Box 16, Boonton, NJ 07005 or to the Boonton Fire Department..
Funeral arrangements for Bucco, who died Monday, are being handled by Dangler Lewis and Carey Funeral Home, 312 West Main Street, Boonton, NJ 07005. Letters of condolence may be posted at danglerlewisandcareyfuneralhome.com.
A private visitation for close family and friends only will take place Friday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R. C. Church, 910 Birch Street in Boonton from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by a private funeral Mass at noon, the family said.
Bucco (R-25th Dist) had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer since February. He died of a major heart attack that took place at his Boonton home, said Bucco family spokesman Michael 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.”
Bucco was 81. His son, Anthony M. Bucco, represents Roxbury in the state Assembly and serves as township counsel.
The following is from the late senator's obituary:
Bucco served the community he loved for over 40 years in elected office, rising from Boonton Alderman and Mayor, to Morris County Freeholder, State Assemblyman, and eventually a State Senator, which he served through seven Governors.
Respected on both sides of the political aisle, his passion for helping others allowed him to touch countless lives on issues large and small across the region and state. In addition to serving as the lead Republican voice on the state budget, he was proud of meaningful laws that supported Lake Hopatcong, increased drunk driving penalties, and delivered safe-haven protections for moms and infants.
Beyond his legislative service, Bucco was President of Baker Titan Adhesives, a manufacturing company based in Paterson; served as a volunteer and board member for countless non-profit organizations; and as a member of the US Army Reserves, 1957-1965.
Bucco was a deep man of faith who attended Mass every morning before starting his day. He took the greatest pride and joy in his family, including his beloved wife Helen (nee Jayne) of over 60 years and their son, Anthony M. Bucco, and his wife Amy. He loved and cared deeply for his grandchildren, Anthony II (Josie), Lauren Haggart (Brian), Jenna Bucco, and his step grandchildren, John Ciamillo, Sarah Ciamillo, DVM, and Emily Cadematori (Ken); and his beloved great grandchildren Declan, Kaid and Valentina, who will miss his calming presence, humor and friendship. He was predeceased by his loving sister, Anna Marie Bucco.