Egisto “Bam” Mocerino, 91, of West Long Branch, peacefully went to our Lord Sunday, March 7th at home surrounded by his loving family.
To know Bam was to love him. His outgoing and loving personality was obvious to all who had the honor of knowing him. His unique 3-D paintings and his amazing artistic talent brought him intense pleasure, especially when he gave art shows to his family and friends. His pictures are hung all over the country and will be a true legacy. An avid storyteller, Bam could captivate his audience with great enthusiasm. His sage advice was priceless.
A walking encyclopedia of all performers and movies from the 1930’s and 40’s, Bam could recite the lyrics of any song he loved by heart.
Born and raised in Madison, NJ, Bam affectionately embraced his roots and Italian heritage. After serving honorably in the US Army during the Korean War, Bam returned home and met his wife Irene. Together with their son Mark, they resided in Bloomfield where Bam owned and operated a laundromat until joining NJ Building Construction Laborers Local 3, where he worked as a laborer until his retirement. In 2003, after his wife’s passing, Bam moved to Green Township to live with his son and family. His grandchildren Michael and Stephanie will be forever grateful that their G’pa was there to support their talents, attend Michael’s many concerts and most of Stephanie’s college field hockey games, traveling as far as Kentucky to watch a national tournament.
Bam’s passions included a good cup of coffee, anything garlic, inventing, spending winters in Florida, playing craps, taking long drives and golfing until he was 90 years young.
Above all else, Bam treasured his family. Mark was his pride and joy. Bam will be so deeply missed and remembered as the best husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and true friend.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Maria; his wife Irene, his brothers Gus and Nick and his daughter-in-law Celestine. He is survived by his son Mark and daughter-in-law Melanie; his cherished grandchildren Michael and Stephanie; his sister Jane; his dear friend Jane, and his extended family and many friends.
Bam, you hit your final home run! May Jesus and the angels welcome you with open arms.
A private graveside service will be held. A celebration of Bam’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in Bam’s honor can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org. For messages of condolence, please visit Bam’s page of tributes at https://wbhfh.com/obituary/egisto-j-mocerino/.