Anthony Francis Chiocco

April 10, 1951March 14, 2014
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Anthony Francis Chiocco, 62, of Sparta went to the Lord on March 14, 2014. Tony was born in Jersey City, grew up in Lyndhurst, NJ and lived in Sparta for many years. He was a graduate of Ramapo College, class of 1976, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Sociology. Tony was an account executive for Pinnacle Consulting in Fairfield. He was a Deacon at Saint Kateri Church in Sparta and was a member of the Pastoral Care Team at St. Clare’s Medical Center in Denville and Morristown Memorial Medical Center in Morristown. Tony had a love for the outdoors, running, golfing and was always known for his broad smile. He is survived by his beloved wife Frances (Sabatino) Chiocco; devoted father to Erika Hornbeck and her husband Edward; brother of: Louis Chiocco and his wife Carol and Connie Damato and her husband John. Tony is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Saint Kateri Tekakwithia Church, 427 Stanhope Rd., Sparta, NJ 07871. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am Thursday at St. Kateri.


  • VISITATION: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • VISITATION: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anthony Francis Chiocco

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Edward Ayres

April 2, 2014

Tony was a high school classmate, and radiated goodness and kindness to all even as an awkward teen. I hadn't seen Tony or any of my classmates for decades as my performing career took me away from New jersey. Fortunately, I had an opportunity to reconnect with Tony as two much older men. What a pleasant surprise to find Tony the same nice, thoughtful, and kind guy of my high school memories. It just goes to show, good guys are born, not made. Tony and I spent many an hour becoming reacquainted as adults through Facebook and working plans for our class reunion. It sounds so trite, but our lives are really short. Tony made the most of his, having a loving family, friends who will always fondly remember him. You are already missed my friend. Rest in peace.

Erika Hornbeck

March 30, 2014

My dad was a loving man. He was caring and kind. He was generous and forgiving. My dad's smile was contagious and could lift your spirits at any given moment. He was a spiritual man. He was a gentle man. His love was unconditional. There are not enough words in the world that could begin to describe the amazing person that my father was. To say he left this earth too soon is an understatement. There is not a single person who knew him that has an unkind word to say about him. He was truly a gift from God. Anyone whose life he touched was blessed to have had the privilege of knowing him.

My dad taught me how to love. He taught me how be strong at my weakest moments. He taught me to pick myself up when I fall. He taught me to have courage when I am scared. He taught me to never give up and to stand up for what I believe in. Most of all he taught me to be me.
I will always cherish the time he has given me. My fond memories of dancing like no one is looking, our shared love of cheering for the Yankees, and of course the occasional yelling at them too. Acting like a goofball in all situations, no matter what, to turn any sorrow into laughter. And how can we forget the instant catnap after just one martini. I will always remember him as the life of every party, always stealing the show. I am proud to have him has my daddy.

March 28, 2014

Fran, I am so sorry to hear. I remember you from the classes we had together at
LHS. I will keep Tony in my prayers.
Chris (Huber) Pawlowicz

March 25, 2014

Tony and I worked together for 8 years in the same offices. We shared a lot of deli lunches, cups of coffee and lots of laughter. Tony was a wonderful listener, and always willing to help strategize about business challenges. On Holy Days, we'd run out of the office at lunchtime to go to Mass. Over all these years, the thing I remember most is Tony's deep love for his wife and daughter. He was truly one of the "good guys", wasn't he? Gail Ogando

Rita Cerefice

March 24, 2014

I will miss my brother in Christ and dear friend along with so many others. The Lord, Himself, the righteous Judge, is rewarding him with the crown of righteousness, as Tony believed in Him and loved Him very much. My heart goes out to his beloved wife and daughter. Rita Cerefice Migliore

Connie Damato

March 22, 2014

As I look at butterfly in a beauttiful flower filled garden, I will remember my brother. His life was also too short, but full of the beauty of God.

March 20, 2014

We are all so sorry and send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the Chiocco family. Deacon Tony would always have a warm smile and was always happy, and we will always remember him at mass at St. Kateri Parish. WIth our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers. God Bless you Deacon Tony, The Sutton family. Sparta, NJ

Sylvie van Hoek

March 20, 2014

I am deeply grateful for Tony's kindness, his words of encouragement, and the many belly-laughs we enjoyed over the years; and I am thankful to Fran for sharing him so generously with all of us.

Sylvie van Hoek
I Corinthians 13:7

March 20, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Tony was a great man with a heart of gold. He helped me in my time of need and it will never be forgotten. I believe he is at peace now and will pray for Fran & Erika, whom he spoke of each time we talked. I will miss Tony but I will carry his spirit around inside me and will never forget the great man he was.

Tracy & Steve Piacentino

March 20, 2014

So sorry for everyone's loss! He will be looking over all if us now. Rest in the loving arms of God now Deacon Tony!