Theodore J. Bocci, 89, Bell custodian

Theodore J. Bocci
Theodore J. Bocci
Posted: June 10, 2014

Theodore J. Bocci, 89, of Burlington Township, who retired in the late 1980s from Bell Atlantic, a predecessor of Verizon, died of a heart attack Tuesday, June 3, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.

As an Army infantryman during World War II, Mr. Bocci earned a Bronze Star "for meritorious achievement from 28 June 1944 to 2 December 1945," according to a framed citation dated Dec. 28, 1998.

"He was infantry, a machine gunner on a tank," son Joseph said, "but he didn't talk too much" about his combat experiences.

Born in Burlington City, Mr. Bocci graduated from what is now Wilbur Watts Intermediate School there.

Mr. Bocci worked for U.S. Pipe in Burlington City from the 1940s into the 1960s, his son said, before he began a 20-year career as a custodian for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., working in several of its South Jersey offices.

A member of the American Legion, Mr. Bocci was a member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers and the Burlington Township Seniors.

In addition to his son, Mr. Bocci is survived by a brother and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by wives June and Anne May.

A viewing was set for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 9, at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington City, before a 9:30 a.m. funeral there, with burial in Beverly National Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.pagefuneralhome.com.


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