John Tronolone

Born July 6, 1943

John A. Tronolone, of Barnegat, age 68, passed away on Sunday November 20, 2011 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA due to complications from a stroke suffered in December. Born in Brooklyn NY, John was a true friend, gifted educator, loyal son and brother, devoted father and loving grandfather. A graduate of Valley Stream Central High School and State University of New York in Oneonta, he went on to dedicate over thirty years of his life as a science teacher and theater technical director at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Following his retirement he continued educating in various ways, from using his encyclopedic knowledge of anything under the sun in passing conversations, to showing his grandson how to swim , or in a more literal means as a volunteer at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He spent the last 20 years living with and aiding his mother, while also keeping up his love for traveling on the highways of the eastern seaboard and beyond to visit family and see the breathtaking sights on the open road. A lover of all things historical and geological no battlefield or outcropping of rock was too slight to pass under his admiring eye. Additionally, John was an avid sports fan , following a wide range of sports and teams, from the courts of college basketball to the greens of the Masters and the gridiron of the NFL and NCAA. He was a diehard Eagles fan, but kept up with many teams he was attached to either through locale or family, like the teams from Penn State and University of Georgia. As a father, he proved that physical proximity had no bearing on emotional intimacy. Despite being miles from from his children following a divorce, he was as close and committed to them and their families any father could be living next door. He was survived by his mother, Ada Tronolone of Barnegat, NJ; brother, Michael Tronolone of Kingston, NY; sister-in-law, Alveretta Tronolone of Norwich, NY; Children : John & Marrie Tronolone of Tucker, GA, Andrew & Amy Tronolone of Riverdale, GA, and Theresa Tronolone of Scottdale, GA; as well as his two grandchildren, Rylan and Maya. John's viewing will be held will be held Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 AM at Thomas Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Drive, Manahawkin NJ 08050 , followed by a funeral service at the same location. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, 283 Beachview Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 with a gathering following at the Barnegat Diner, 849 West Bay Avenue Barnegat, NJ 08005. All are welcome. Floral tributes and condolences may be sent to the funeral home. In lieu of or in addition to floral tributes, charitable contributions may be made in his honor to selected charities that have touched his life through family and friends. To honor him we have created a memorial registry at


  • Visitation Saturday, November 26, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 26, 2011

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Sandi Johnson

November 26, 2011

I am deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. We worked together for many years at Girls' High ... He as head of Stage Kroo, and me, first as assistant Drama Director and then as Drama Director. John was a kind, loving person who truly cared about his family, his friends and his students. He had a strong work ethic, and he taught his Stage Kroo students so much that they could carry on without him, if necessary. Some of the best performances we had at Girls' High were outstanding because he was a great technical director. (Can anyone remember the set of "The King and I"?) We had a really good working relationship and I am glad that he touched my life as a colleague and friend. Since I have just received the message, I cannot make it to New Jersey in time for the funeral, but I want Johnny, Andy, Theresa, Ellen and the rest of his relatives to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers. John will be missed.

November 26, 2011

Rest in peace Mr. T. You were one of the kindest and patient teachers I've ever known. You made Chemistry interesting and made psychology one of my favorite subjects. You will never be forgotten as Donna and I still talk about your classes over 20 years later.
To his thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.
Jennifer Ryan Boory
GHS 234

Rebecka Evans

November 26, 2011

I have thought often of Mr. Tronolone over the years. I graduated from Girls High in 1991. He was a great part of Stage Crew! I learned many lessons from the time spent! He took a sabbatical for my last year there and was truly missed by all then as I'm sure he will be now by those who knew him