State Sen. Anthony Bucco Sr., R-25th District, died at age 81 on Monday after suffering a heart attack.
Michael DuHaime, spokesman for the Bucco family, released the following statement Monday night: “It is with great sadness I share that Senator Tony Bucco suffered a major heart attack this morning at his home,” DuHaime said. “He passed peacefully this evening with his family by his side at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville. The family kindly asks for privacy at this time.”
Bucco served New Jersey as mayor of Boonton, a Morris County Freeholder, a state assemblyman and a state senator.
On Monday, Gov Phil Murphy remembered Bucco, “For 41 years, Anthony Bucco Sr., served the people of Morris County and the State of New Jersey at all levels, from the Boonton Council to the State Senate,” Murphy said in a statement. “He took on issues small and large, including one of his last laws, to ensure that schoolchildren learned ways to prevent and escape sexual abuse, a bill I was proud to sign just two months ago. A dedicated public servant and successful businessman, Senator Bucco brought a perspective and commitment to his work that elevated our public discourse. Tammy and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator Bucco’s wife of six decades, Helen Jayne; his son, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, who now holds the Assembly seat his father once occupied; his family; former colleagues; and friends.”
Peter Okun, director of marketing and public relations at NJMEP remembered Sen. Bucco stating, “It is with a heavy heart that we received the sad news of the death of Senator Anthony Bucco. Death has robbed us of an astute legislator. May G-d comfort his family, friends and indeed all New Jersey residents during this difficult period of mourning. Senator Bucco spared no efforts in executing his transformational agenda. He leaves behind a rich legacy of a great leader and a very progressive lawmaker. He was the President of Baker Titan Adhesives, a manufacturing company in Paterson, member of the Bi-Partisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, and a past recipient of the ‘Made in New Jersey’ Honor Roll given to individuals who have made a difference for manufacturers within the state of New Jersey. It is unfortunate that his demise comes at a time when we all looked forward to his recovery and comeback to the Senate Assembly. Despite the burden of fighting cancer, Senator Bucco remained focused working for the people he represented. This fidelity to servant leadership made him stand tall among his peers in the State House.”