Frank Tufano, Sr. 87
U.S. Army / Metallurgist
August 1, 1934 – July 27, 2022
Frank Tufano, Sr. — a retired metallurgist, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and mentor — died on Wednesday, July 27, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Frank was born and raised in Princeton, and anything Princeton was in his heart, especially the Princeton Tigers. He often told stories of hopping over the fences at Palmer Stadium and Dillon and Jadwin gyms to watch the games, as well as playing in the war tunnels under Princeton. Frank proudly served his county in the US Army and was a Marksman, stationed on the missile base in Leonardo, NJ.
Frank was a metallurgical engineer and spent his 30-year career at Ingersoll Rand in Skillman, where he was the recipient of five patents; one for a process that reduced the corrosion on the silencer of the Navy submarine.
He was a bright and creative man with many interests, particularly golf. At the age of 14, he caddied at Springdale Golf Course for well-known individuals, such as Jimmy Stewart, Mae West, William Bendix, and Don Knotts, all of whom participated in the University’s Triangle Club.
Frank also loved spending time at the family's Pocono home on Lake Wallenpaupack, which he and Emma built themselves. He enjoyed waterskiing, boating on the lake, and snow skiing. Frank retired from Ingersoll Rand in 1994 and pursed his love of golf, and spent summers at their lake house in Pennsylvania.
Frank was predeceased by his son, Frank Tufano, Jr.; his father, Vincenzo Tufano; his mother, Anna Tufano (Cuomo); and siblings: Cecelia Tufano, Joseph Tufano (Irene), Vincent Tufano (Julia), and John Tufano (Theresa). He is survived by his wife and companion of 66 years, Emma Tufano (Muentener); his daughter, Allison Clancy (Kevin); his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Clancy (Jarreau), his brother Richard Tufano (Kathleen); as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, August 10, at 11 am at Blawenburg Reformed Church, 424 Route 518, Skillman, NJ 08558. For those unable to attend the service, it will be streamed live on both the Blawenburg Reformed Church’s Facebook page or through Zoom at the following link: https:/zoom.us/j/97023890396 (Passcode: church); or phone: 1-646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 970 2389 0396. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, designated to multiple myeloma, or to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.