Anthony J. Cuozzo, 86, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Overlook Hospital.
Tony was born on May 5, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey and was the son of the late Michael Cuozzo and Grace (nee Scardilli) Cuozzo. He grew up in Newark and graduated from West Side High School. Anthony served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1955-1957, honorably discharged as Specialist Third Class. He was a graduate of the Professional School of Business, Union, NJ and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ. He also held a NJ real estate license.
Insurance Broker for John Hancock, Union, NJ, Partner in Tour the Winds Travel agency, Irvington, NJ. Worked 25 years for American Can Company, Hillside, NJ, a member of American Steel Workers Union, Local 6301. Owner and operator of Irvington Cab Company for many years. Lastly, a salesman at Sears, Livingston, NJ.
Executive Board for the Steel Workers of America, Local 6301, Political Action Chairman, Recreation Chairman and Chair/Editor of the Local’s newspaper. Former Chairman of the Irvington General Hospital Advisory Board. Served as Chairman for many political campaigns. Former Chair of the Irvington Traffic and Advisory Committee. Chairman of the North Ward Democratic Committee. Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Club, Irvington, NJ. Aide to NJ Assemblyman Rocco Neri. Appointed Motor Vehicle Agent for the NJ Motor Vehicle Agency in Irvington, NJ. Former Chairman of Irvington Young Democrats, Former Executive Secretary of NJ Young Democrats, Former Chairman of the Irvington Young Citizens for Gov. Hughes.
In his youth, Tony was a member of the Sunny Lads doo-wop group, signed to Jax Records. Anthony was Past Exalted Ruler for the Elks, Florham Park Lodge 815 from 1990-1993 and served as Chairman for the Handicapped Children Committee for his district. Charter member and past president of the East Hanover Italian American Club.
In his spare time, he loved spending time with his close group of friends and enjoyed the track and the casino. Above all, Tony loved his family.
Anthony is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Beverly J. Cuozzo and was the loving father of Anthony J. Cuozzo, Jr. and Nicholas J. Cuozzo. In addition, he was survived by his brother, Joseph Cuozzo, sister, Rose Smialkowski and husband Michael and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Philip Cuozzo.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 1-3 pm & 5-8 pm at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 31, 2022 in the funeral home. An interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. In his memory, donations can be directed to NJ State Elks, Special Children’s Committee, 665 Rahway Avenue, PO BOX 1596, Woodbridge, NJ 07095.