Jerome B. Tucker, 91, of Tinton Falls died Jan. 13, 2015. He was born in Long Branch.
Mr. Tucker began a successful business career initially as president of the family retail liquor business and later as president of the family women’s apparel business. He also founded Tucker Beverage Corp., a beverage distribution business.
He graduated from Long Branch High School in 1941. He graduated from University of South Carolina with a bachelor of science in business administration in 1949.
His university studies were interrupted by his enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After graduation from Hospital Corps School, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Bowditch. His crew was involved with the invasion of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, the occupation of Saipan, the capture of Okinawa, and the rescue of survivors of U.S.S. Montgomery and U.S.S. Force. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, the American Area Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon, and the Victory Medal, and earned an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946.
A central figure in the business and civic communities in Long Branch, he served as president of the Long Branch Rotary Club, the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce, the Monmouth County Retail Liquor Stores Association, and The Harpoon and Needle Club. He was appointed to the board of directors of Shadow Lawn Savings and Loan Association, where he was involved with the merger of that bank into Rochester Community Savings Bank. He was a volunteer member of the Long Branch Fire Department in the Atlantic Fire Engine and Truck Co., No. 2. He was a member of Congregation Brothers of Israel, Temple Beth Miriam, and the Jordan Lodge of Free Masons.
Predeceased by his wife, Estelle, he is survived by his daughter, Beth Stern of Avon; his son, Glenn (Wendy) of Westfield; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 15 with arrangements by Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean.