• The Hammonton Gazette

Thomas A. Passerello Jr.


Thomas A. Passerello Jr., 86, of Collings Lakes, N.J. died on Saturday, December 19, 2020.


He was born in Somerville, N.J. and lived in Collings Lakes for the past 41 years. Tom worked for Claremont Interiors Contractors in Absecon as a painter and superintendent before retiring on January 1, 1997. With the help of his family, Tom built and successfully ran Passerello’s Towne N’ Country Bakery & Pizzeria in Hampton, N.J. He was a proud graduate of Flemington High School and attended every reunion that took place. He also lived in Hampton, N.J. for many years where he held a seat on the Board of Education for the elementary school. He had a passion for sports, mainly baseball, and he never missed his children and grandchildren’s games. He was a champion of the underdog, the broken in spirit and the wounded. He supported many charities because he felt a sense of duty and responsibility to help the less fortunate. Tom had a green thumb and always had a plentiful garden that he shared with his family and friends. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, the Knights of Columbus North American Martyrs Council # 8718 3rd Degree, Our Lady of Assumption Society in Hammonton and the International Union Painters and Allied Trades.


He is predeceased by his daughter, Cynthia D. Riehl.


Surviving are his loving wife Barbara Ann (nee Wolfe); three sons, Thomas A. Passerello III (Dana), Michael Passerello (Denise) and Jeffrey Passerello (Kathy); his two daughters, Niki Collins (Mark) and Gena Amechi (Mark); his brother, Artie Passerello and two sisters, Carol Balik and Betty Shew. He is the loving grandfather of Jay, Josh, Tommy, Megan, Rachel, Jackie, Jeffrey, Nolan, Hope, Julia, Daniel, Nicholas and Matthew.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Sunday, December 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N. Third Street Hammonton, N.J. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon from Our Lady of the Lakes Church 19 Malaga Rd. Collings Lakes, N.J. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 124 S. First Rd. Hammonton, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Thomas’s memory to Knights of Columbus Martyrs Council # 8718 at Our Lady of the Lakes Church 19 Malaga Rd, Collings Lakes, NJ 08094 or Our Lady of Assumption Society in care of Sal Mazza 1191 Moss Mill Rd. Hammonton, NJ 08037.


Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home.