Francis DiLuzio Sr., 73, youth sports volunteer

Francis J. DiLuzio Sr.
Francis J. DiLuzio Sr.
Posted: May 31, 2014

Francis J. DiLuzio Sr., 73, of Delran, a community sports volunteer for whom the township celebrated July 24, 2012, as Frank DiLuzio Day, died Tuesday, May 27, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden after a fall.

Delran Mayor Kenneth Paris said that Mr. DiLuzio "was a fantastic man. He gave so much to the community. He will be sorely missed."

Mr. DiLuzio was a football and basketball coach for the Delran Athletic Association for more than 38 years, as well as a football commissioner. A football field in the Summerhill development was named for him in 2003, the mayor said.

Association president Bob Kennedy said that his organization fields more than 1,000 youth in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and softball competition each year, with the football program focused on those from kindergarten through eighth grade. "He had a love for the kids and a passion for the game," Kennedy said.

Mr. DiLuzio also was a longtime member of township's Recreation Advisory Committee, serving as chairman from 2003 through 2012. Among other activities, the committee ran an Easter egg hunt and Christmas tree lighting.

On tree-lighting day, the mayor said, Mr. DiLuzio would sit in the municipal building and hear children's wishes because "he was the Santa Claus of Delran."

With the Advisory Committee, he was in charge of fund-raising "so they could provide fields for the Athletic Association," among them the one that was named for him, said a daughter, Alaine.

After high school, she said, he worked as a Marine Corps airplane mechanic, with time in Japan. From the early 1960s to the late 1990s, his daughter said, Mr. DiLuzio was a heavy-line mechanic in Philadelphia for Crown Cork & Seal Co., now Crown Holdings.

After he retired, he worked on the maintenance crew that handled the grounds at Shawnee High School, she said, and then as a custodian for the Delanco Township School District.

From 1980 to 1986, he was a religious-education instructor at Holy Name Church in Delran.

Besides his daughter Alaine, Mr. DiLuzio is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, sons Frank Jr. and Anthony, daughter Lynette DiLuzio, two brothers, and three sisters.

A viewing was set from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 1, and from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Monday, June 2, both at Snover/Givnish of Cinnaminson, 1200 Route 130 North. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, at the Church of the Holy Name, 260 Conrow Rd., Delran, with interment in Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson.

Donations may be sent to the football program at Delran Athletic Association, P.O. Box 1520, Delran, N.J. 08075. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snovergivnish.com.


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