Mr. Paul A. Procacci, 91, died at home on April 19, 2019. He was born in Camden and lived in Kearny for most of his life. He was a 1946 graduate of Kearny High School. Paul started his newspaper career in the circulation department of the Newark Evening News. He eventually became Circulation Director at the Bayonne Times. He later became Circulation Director of the Jersey Journal where he worked for many years. Paul was a veteran, serving in the United States Army for several years.
While working with the Bayonne Times and Jersey Journal, Paul developed special programs and promotions for his news carriers that afforded these kids opportunities to earn trips and other rewards. He was very special and kind, and was well respected by his fellow employees. Paul looked out for his people, inspiring them to do their best.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, three children; Paul (and Miriam) Procacci, Kathleen (and Gabe) Fiore, and Allison Procacci, two sisters; Marie (and Leonard) Scarnato, and Florence Avolio, five grandchildren, Paul (and Ashley) Procacci, Kristin (and John) Marx, Justin (and Erika) Procacci, Lisa Procacci (and Ross Wood), and Gabriel Fiore, and twelve great grandchildren; Brianne, Payton, Colin, Kylie, J. J., Bryson, Noah, Cameron, Desmond, Liam, Ashton, and Tristan. He also is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Theresa Procacci, and his grandson, Stephen Procacci.
A devoted family man, Paul was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. To say his family was very special to him would be an understatement. His kindness, gentleness, and uncanny wit always will be remembered and missed.
In retirement, one of his favorite activities was visiting Atlantic City with his wife, family, and friends. He was most joyous with his family during Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. And how many games and other events did he attend that involved his children and grandchildren? Too many to count. His children remember going to the Jersey Shore for vacation almost every summer.
Paul enjoyed spending time with his wife, having been married to her for 69 years. This August would have been their 70th anniversary.
Paul loved opera, classical music, and literature. His favorite tenors were Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, and Placido Domingo. He also enjoyed watching Gunsmoke, the Yankees, and early Tarzan and film classics. He was a big New York Yankees and New York Giants fan. His favorite player was Joe DiMaggio.
Whatever name he answered to, Paul, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Paul or Buddy, he always responded with love. He is already missed and he will always be loved. Paul touched many, many hearts and lives.
Family and friends may visit in the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ 07032, (201) 991-1568 (www.condonfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Thursday, 10 am, in St. Stephen’s R C Church, with the interment to follow with military honors in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or stjude.org/tribute or Hospice of New Jersey, 400 Broadacres Dr. #1 Bloomfield, NJ 07003
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908