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Robert P Ferrara

October 4, 2019
Robert P Ferrara
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Robert P. “Duke” Ferrara, age 78, passed away on October 4 at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
Robert was born on June 2, 1941, in the Bronx, NY to parents Thomas and Camille (Crecenzi) Ferrara, joining brother Arthur and sisters Rose Marie and Adelaide.
Robert was a proud 1959 graduate of Mount Saint Michael Academy, aka “The Mount”, which he continued to support generously until his passing. He graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and served in the U.S Marine Corps before enjoying a long and successful career at Prudential until his retirement in 1996.
Robert and his wife of 54 years, Connie (Coppola) moved from the Bronx in 1974 to Florham Park, New Jersey where they raised their family of four sons, Ralph (wife Michelle), Tom (Kris), Vin (Windsor) and Damon (Rachel). In 1996, they moved to Sea Girt, New Jersey where Robert focused on retired life and philanthropic activities while Connie continued to work until two years ago.
The pillars of Robert’s life were his Catholic Christian faith, his Italian heritage and upbringing in the Bronx, his family, and the many friends and acquaintances he made in the various chapters of his life. He was a knowledgeable and informed man across many topics, including history, politics, foreign languages, finance and sports. For many years, he would enthusiastically travel from Sea Girt to attend the sporting and other activities of his 12 grand-children: Gabrielle, Allison, Tommy, Victoria, Vanessa, Nicole, Julia, Duke (Robert), Xavier, Vincent, Taylor and Jordan.
Among his close friends, none were more dedicated and devoted than Dick and Mary Mercora whose friendship spanned over 60 years from the Bronx to the Jersey Shore.
Robert was pre-deceased by his brother, Arthur, in 2018. He is survived by his sisters Rosemarie and Adelaide, wife Connie, sons, daughters-in laws, grandchildren, mother in law Florence Coppola, sister in law Lena (husband Lenny) and large extended family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, October 9, 10:00 at Assumption Parish, Morristown, NJ. He will be interred at Holy Rood Cemetery in Whippany, NJ. In lieu of flowers or visitation, please donate in Robert’s memory to Mount St. Michael Academy, 4300 Murdock Avenue, Bronx, NY 10466.


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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday

9

Oct

10:00 AM 10/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
Church of the Assumption

91 Maple Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960

Church of the Assumption
91 Maple Ave Morristown 07960 NJ
United States

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Holy Rood Cemetery Final Resting Place

61 Whippany Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

61 Whippany Road Morristown 07960 NJ
United States
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