Louis Maiuro, 91, longtime long-distance tour bus driver

Louis Maiuro
Louis Maiuro
Posted: October 22, 2013

Louis Maiuro and Helen Anderson met in kindergarten in an elementary school in Elm Township in the 1920s and were classmates until their eighth-grade graduation.

Then they went their separate ways.

But in 1994, after raising their families and seeing their spouses die, they happened to meet up again, wed, and had a second life together, Mrs. Maiuro said.

Louis Maiuro, 91, a long-distance bus driver for four decades, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, at his home in Winslow Township.

Born in Elm, Mr. Maiuro joined the Army before World War II, was stationed in England and Scotland, and earned a Purple Heart in combat during the North African campaign, his wife said.

Mr. Maiuro served in the First Infantry Division, his wife said. "The Big Red One. He was very proud of that.

"He was wounded pretty badly," spent a long recovery at an Army hospital in West Virginia, and was never sent back into combat, his wife said.

After the war, he began his bus-driving career with what is now NJ Transit, "but he didn't like the stops and starts," so he lasted only about a year.

Mr. Maiuro began a 40-year career as a long-distance bus driver, first with Quaker City Bus Co. of Philadelphia and then with what is now Trailways Transportation System Inc.

With Quaker City, he drove the Philadelphia-to-New-York route, his wife said. But with Trailways out of Philadelphia, he drove as far south as South Carolina and as far north as Canada.

"He loved it," she said.

He retired from Greyhound Lines Inc. in 1988.

Mr. Maiuro was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Berlin and of Trinity United Methodist Church in Tansboro.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Alan; a daughter, Robyn Maiuro; stepdaughters Janet Kirchhoff, Robin Eichler, and Mary Ellen Davis; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation was set for 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Marinella Funeral Home, 102 N. Third St., Hammonton, with a funeral there at 11. Interment is to be in Bates Mill Cemetery, Winslow Township.

Donations may be made to www.samaritanhealthcarenj.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at http://marinellafuneralhome.com.


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