Nicholas J. De Luca
Published in Asbury Park Press on October 20,
DeLuca, 93, of Largo, FL, died peacefully on Thursday, October 18, 2012
at Ocean County Medical Center. Mr. DeLuca was born in Sykesville, PA
and was raised in Newark, NJ, where he graduated from East Side High School.
He served honorably during World War II as a US Army Infantryman assigned
to the 94th Infantry Division.
A talented athlete, he played 9 seasons of minor league baseball including
3 seasons of Triple-A with Durham Bulls and spring training with the Boston
Red Sox between 1940 and1952. He was an All-Star player in the Kids n'
Kubs, a senior softball league in St. Petersburg, FL, where he played
admirably until the age of 90.
Prior to his professional baseball career, Mr. DeLuca was a salesman for
JC Penney in Wayne, NJ before retiring 35 years ago.
was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Ann, of 46 years, three brothers,
and three sisters.
Surviving are his daughter, Mary and her husband Richard D. Schibell,
Esq. of West Long Branch; a son, Robert T. DeLuca and his wife, Carol
of Coxsackie, NY; and two sisters, Mary Bohn and Rosina Cicchino of Brick,
Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Richard N. Schibell, Esq., LTjg Natalie
A. Schibell, USN, Paul M. Schibell, Jessica R. Dean, Lauren K. De Luca,
Esq., Steven R. De Luca, and 3 great-grandchildren.
will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 1-5 pm at the Damiano Funeral
Home, 191 Franklin Ave, (corner of Third Ave) Long Branch, NJ.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 8:30 am at the funeral home
followed by a 9:30 am Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Long Branch.
Entombment will be at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kids n' Kubs, 330 Fifth Street
North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.