Philip Iapalucci, environmentalist and judge

Philip Iapalucci was also a hiker and environmentalist.
Philip Iapalucci was also a hiker and environmentalist.
Posted: July 05, 2014

Philip Iapalucci, 73, of Moorestown, an avid hiker, an environmentalist, and a former Municipal Court judge, died Tuesday, July 1, from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease at Virtua Memorial hospital in Mount Holly.

Even as he battled the disease, Mr. Iapalucci, who was raised in Camden, didn't let it hold him back from his love of the Pine Barrens. He went as recently as two months ago, said Josephine, his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years.

"He had a great passion for the environment," she said. Every weekend, "he would go to the Pinelands and he would bring home bags of trash that people would leave there."

In addition to his weekly outings, he was an active member of the Outdoor Club of South Jersey. He was humble, Josephine Iapalucci said, and thought respecting and caring for the environment was a job everyone must share.

Indoors, he was a driven and accomplished litigator, judge, and father.

"He was certainly a wonderful father, and was very accomplished in his own right as an attorney," said Michael Iapalucci, second of four children. "He went to law school later in life - I attended his law school graduation, actually, in 1976, when I was 12 years old."

At age 17, Mr. Iapalucci dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Navy. He spent four years there, away from his sweetheart in Camden, as a radioman on an island in Alaska.

In 1961, he moved back to Camden, where he started a janitorial business and his family.

While raising his four children, he made his way through Rutgers University and then at the School of Law in Camden. He worked for 39 years in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer and a municipal prosecutor in Voorhees, Pennsauken, and Gibbstown. He was also a Municipal Court judge in Moorestown from 2005 to 2009.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Iapalucci is survived by son Philip; daughter Lisa Cain; two sisters; and 11 grandchildren. Another daughter, Deana, died earlier.

A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Lewis Funeral Home, 78 E. Main St., Moorestown. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 42 W. Main St., Moorestown.

Donations may be made to PPA-Philip J. Iapalucci Pine Barrens Fund at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Rd., Southampton, N.J. 08088.



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