Joseph Carmelo Tropea

joseph tropea

July 31, 1920 ~ March 10, 2019

Tropea, Joseph "Sonny" C., age 98, of Fort Lee, passed away on March 10, 2019. Sonny was born on the lower East side of NYC on July 31st 1920 to Sicilian immigrants Sebastian and Maria Tropea who preceded him in death.

He was preceded in death by the Love of his Life Anna C. Tropea nee: Nicastro his wife of 65 years.

Also preceded in death by his daughter Donna Tropea Ragosta, brother Salvatore Tropea, sisters Sadie Fazio, Josephine Cavallaro and Grace Musico.

Survived by his Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law Sam and Angie Nicastro and their family. His son Joey and daughter-in-law Maureen Tropea, Daughter Mary and son-in-law Dr. Vincient Luvera, Daughter Barbara and son-in-law Chris Dickman, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and 15 nieces and nephews and his dog “Daisy.”

Sonny was a WWII Navy Veteran. During the war he received numerous medals including the Silver Star.

He was a Honorary Silver Card Holder of P.B.A Local 245 of the Fort Lee Police Department. He was Past President of the Fort Lee Lions Club, Past President of the Fort Lee UNICO Club and a member of the V.F.W. in Fort Lee. A Past President of the Fort Lee Library Board and Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year of 1992. He has owned a business in Fort Lee since 1959 along with his partner and nephew Bobby which is still in operation today.

The family will receive their friends on Wednesday 4-8 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. The funeral will leave at 10:30 AM for the celebration of his funeral mass in the Main Madonna Church at 11 AM. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Home, Paramus, NJ. For condolences, directions, or information or call (201) 944-0100 or


Mass: March 14, 2019 11:00 am

Madonna R.C. Church
Across the Street From Funeral Home
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: March 13, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. George and I send our thoughts and prayers to the entire Tropea family. Sonny was truly a special person. He will always have a special place in our hearts. We will fondly remember the times we spent together.
    Rest easy in Gods hands.

  2. Joey,

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the passing of your father. Sonny was one of the most pleasant, sincere persons I have ever known. Heaven will welcome his presence.


  3. Joey, Maureen, Mary & Barbara…

    My memories of my uncle who gave me love, will never be forgotten.
    Perhaps some day I'll share some great stories of my time growing up and having a very special uncle.

  4. Just found out today that Sonny passed away from a chance meeting joey at the 7 Eleven. I was Sonny's Mailman for 25 years. Not only was he my customer. I had got to know him and respected him as a close friend such as he confided in me his service in WW2 and his encounter with then Jack Kennedy in a naval hospital. Also receiving a medal personally from President Roosevelt. Always also loved to see daisy greet me when I came with a delivery. He was always lonely to be with his wife and now he is. Will miss you very much Sonny. God bless you and your family.

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