Courtesy of Legacy.com
Robert "Ropey" Thrunk
AGE: 78 • Point Pleasant
"Ropey" Thrunk, 78, joined his parents, Frances and Peter, and his
sister, Frances Harrington, on March 14, 2014 after an eight month
battle with cancer. His wife, Carol Ernst Thrunk, of 53 years, their
three daughters: Teri Mancino and husband Sam, Maureen Belzer and
husband Barry, Barbara LoSordo and husband John; and their two sons: Bob
and wife Kim, Michael and Shelley, will carry on his legacy, living
with the same pride, strength, and work ethic that he instilled in them.
He has twelve cherished grandchildren: Lauren, Joe and Jenn; Nicholas,
Juliana, and Isabella; Lauren, Ryan, Taylor, Alexis, Teagan and Rylee;
and great-granddaughter, Gia. His siblings, Peter Thrunk
and wife Camille, Carol Isley, Marilyn Higgins, and Gloria Barry are also mourning his loss, along with his loyal friends.
was born in Jersey City on the 4th of July, attended Sacred Heart
Grammar School and Saint Al's High School, Jersey City, where he was an
outstanding basketball player, holding the scoring record for many years.
He continued his education at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY; on a basketball scholarship.
served in the US Army, in the Jersey City Police Department, and then
as a Jersey City firefighter for 26 years. Ropey also worked part-time
as a house painter for over 50 years, including after he retired in
Point Pleasant. He lived his life with a simple philosophy
- work hard at something you enjoy, and love and support your family. He was probably best known as a sports enthusiast.
will be held on Tuesday, March 18th from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the O'Brien
Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Wednesday, March 19th at St. Peter's
R.C. Church, Point Pleasant Beach. Entombment will follow at St.
Catharine's Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to Sisters of Charity or Home on the Range.
For directions and condolences, please visit www.OBrienFuneralHome.com.
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