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Joseph G. Tropea

April 11, 1939 - December 29, 2022
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St. Clare of Assisi Parish - St. Joseph's RC Church
140 Broad Street
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
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St. Joseph's Cemetery, Swedesboro
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St. Clare of Assisi Parish - St. Joseph's RC Church
140 Broad Street
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Friday 1/6, 12:00 pm

Joseph G. Tropea passed away peacefully at his home in Swedesboro, NJ on December 29, 2022 at the age of 83. He is predeceased by his wife, Loretta (nee Carey), who passed away in 2004. He is survived by his son Joe (Christie), his daughter Ellen Capriotti (Dave), his daughter Lauren Bowen (Ian), and hisContinue Reading

Diane Bernstein left a message on January 5, 2023:
In sympathy and prayer for Ellen and family
Gar Miller left a message on January 4, 2023:
As a childhood and eventually a life-long friend of Joe’s, I must say that the obituary was outstanding. It’s the Joe I remember as a kid, grew up with and later reconnected with later in life at my own Gloucester County Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (I had gone to his years earlier but didn’t make myself known). We met early in life living just a block apart in the heart of downtown Swedesboro. We shared a love of Friday night professional wrestling (his home and tv – I didn’t have one yet), and later all sports, playing baseball board games at my apartment on Ashton Avenue, listening to old 78 rpm records on my old Victrola (think “Yes We Have No Bananas”), ping pong on my dining room table and a variety of street games. I preferred those activities to squashing grapes with my feet at his house when his parents would make wine. But it was sports that bonded us. With little youth coaching, we taught ourselves how to play baseball, basketball,and football on whatever venue in town we could find. There were a lot of good athletes in the neighborhood, but Joe was always the best. Even at bowling, pool and games we made up (I could beat him at marbles, however). In high school, as Joe was on his way to earning the school record 13 varsity letters (and setting a “field day” record in the discus without spinning), we became co-captains of the 1956 basketball team that won the Gloucester County Kiwanis Jamboree. A teammate of mine at Rutgers-Camden. John Gianvito from Gloucester City High School, told me upon hearing of Joe’s death, that he once had the honor of guarding Joe in high school and managed to hold him to a mere 38 points. When Joe and I finally reconnected in life after he had lost Loretta, we went to high school basketball games and often met for dinner and long talks. It was the same humble person I had known earlier, not wanting to talk about the monstrous home runs he hit, the points he scored, or the passes he completed as a self-taught quarterback. He wanted to know how my wife and I were doing, or discuss the Phillies or the Kingsway softball team. I would give him a gift card to a restaurant for his birthday and he would wait to share it with me. That’s the Joe I knew and respected so much. I'll miss him.
Ed Canzanese left a message on January 4, 2023:
Mr. Tropea is the definition of a true hometown hero. Having him as a teacher, and coach, was a privilege. My four years of high school were made better because of him. I thought of him often during my career and looked to him as a role model throughout my time in education. We have lost one of the truly great men Swedesboro ever produced. RIP.
Fred Mossbrucker left a message on January 4, 2023:
So many AWESOME memories of Mr. Tropea! He was one of my teachers in 8th grade and I remember him telling us about his time in the minor leagues when he played with Joe Morgan who went on to play for the Cincinnati Reds. I remember baseball stories of him told to me by Joe Sullivan of the old Swedesboro AC Baseball Club. Mr. Tropea was a man of total class and dignity. He made you think when he asked a question. No question was rhetorical with him. He always would smile and say "Hello, Fred," to me every time we passed in the hallway. My freshman year at b-ball practice I watched him shoot free throws. He made 20 out of 20! And he never flexed his knees! He was an awesome athlete, teacher, administrator and as good a man as KRHS ever knew.
John Buyarski left a message on January 4, 2023:
Joe “Trop” was a great person. We taught together @ Kingsway during the 1960’s & 70’s, We coached basketball together, we played baseball together, and were good friends. He was an outstanding athlete & a great baseball player. His many home runs are legendary both in local semi-pro games & in college. He had a calmness & very quiet approach to deal with every situation. My condolences to Joe’s family and his many friends in NJ & around the US. ……..RIP Joe “Trop”…..
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Lanzilotta Family left a message on January 3, 2023:
Sending prayers to the family. Swedesboro has lost a wonderful man but his soul will always look down upon us ?
Clint Proffitt left a message on January 3, 2023:
To a great teacher, and years later, team-mate in bowling. RIP Sir, you will be missed.
Lynn Yoder left a message on January 3, 2023:
I am so sorry to hear this. Joe was a caring and kind colleague with whom I worked at Kingsway. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they celebrate the life of this wonderful man.
Nancy Paranto Byrd left a message on January 3, 2023:
This saddens me so for his family. Growing up in Swedesboro, I knew “Mr Tropea” during my younger years and hadn’t seen him since graduating from Kingsway in 1973. He was always so kind and had a smile on his face. I never heard him raise his voice but when he spoke, you knew to listen. Prayers of comfort and peace at the loss of a great man. The world is a sadder place without him.
Connie and Vince Nuzzo left a message on January 3, 2023:
Joe, Ellen, Lauren I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Your parents were always so kind and were great neighbors. I have many fond memories of your Mom during our carpooling days. I hope the wonderful memories you have of your Dad sustain you through this time of grief.
Vikk Manieson left a message on January 2, 2023:
Rest in perfect peace Joe
Colleen McCourt left a message on January 2, 2023:
I knew Joe (Mr. Tropea) through my dear friend Lauren. I met him when I was just twelve years old and he and Loretta always welcomed me into their home. I will remember trips to Wildwood as a child and going to Kingsway football games with him thinking Lauren and I were older than we were. He was such a kind man, always happy to see me and always asking about my own family. He will be truly missed. My love to Lauren, Ellen, Joey, and their families.
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