Henry Trepicchio, born and raised in Lodi, NJ, passed away peacefully on September 13. He was 86 years old. He was the son of Henry Alberico Trepicchio and Adele Verile.
After graduating high school, Henry served in the U.S. Air Force where he began a long career in aviation. He worked in operations management at Teterboro Airport for more than 30 years and was known for his friendly demeanor, dependability, and positive attitude. Because he often worked the nightshift, his coworkers called him “Captain Midnight”. As he approached retirement and became a wizened senior supervisor, he took on the nickname “Poppa Bear”.
Henry’s military service earned him veteran status.
For more than 54 years he resided in Oradell, NJ until 2019 when he moved to Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, NJ. An active member of St. Joseph’s Church in Oradell, he sang in the church choir for more than 40 years. He also sang in the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus in Ridgewood, NJ. While at Cedar Crest, he enjoyed the company of new friends and took up bocce.
Known by neighborhood children as the original “Mr. T”, Henry became a valued resource to his neighbors because of his tireless home-keeping. “Henry’s List” of professional tradespeople helped out many homeowners in the community looking for a good plumber or a reliable electrician.
Henry is predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Mae Fletcher, and his second wife Angela Marie Porraro. The youngest of four children, he is also predeceased by three siblings, Rachael (Donatuccio), Connie (Nuara), and William.
Although he was widowed twice, Henry was a devoted father to daughter Lynn Trepicchio, son-in-law Edward Woolsey, son Robert, and daughter-in-law Maureen O’Brien. He is also survived by his beloved granddaughter Hayley Downing McCrosson and her husband Kevin McCrosson. Henry also leaves behind eight cherished nieces and nephews and their families.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday September 18, 2021 at 10am at St. Joseph's church in Oradell, NJ. In memory of Henry donations can be made to Cedar Crest College Scholarship Fund.