In Loving Memory of
July 29, 1950 -June 10, 2022
Mauro Casci, age 71, of Colts Neck, NJ passed away June 10, 2022 following complications from a fall. Born in Gombitelli in Tuscany, Italy he emigrated to New York City at age 6 and grew up in Little Italy. He attended Our Lady of Pompeii parochial school and was proud to be the first student from there to be accepted at the prestigious Regis High School for boys. At Hunter College he studied Political Science and was student body president, graduating Summa cum Laude. He then obtained a Juris Doctorate from New York University. Growing up as an immigrant in a neighborhood where many people spoke limited English, he became a lawyer so that he could make sure that no one he knew would be taken advantage of.
He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County (Brooklyn) prosecuting violent crimes before being transferred to the Rackets Bureau. He later branched out into civil law joining the firm of Methfessel & Werbel in Rahway, NJ. A Certified Civil Trial Attorney he opened his own practice in Leonardo, NJ in 1992 and had a statewide reputation as an expert on insurance law. At various times in his career, he defended insureds on behalf of their insurance companies, then later, disenchanted with the treatment insureds were receiving, he began suing insurance companies to compel them to pay qualified claims that were being denied. He was very proud that he never lost a case that went to trial and for successfully arguing in front of the Supreme Court of New Jersey twice.
He was a longtime parishioner of Christ Episcopal Church, Middletown where he served as a lay reader, lay Eucharistic minister, vestry member, Calico Fair chairman and head chef of the annual Spaghetti Dinner. He was an avid collector of wine, antiques and American art pottery, particularly Rookwood of which he amassed an important collection. When his health permitted, he enjoyed many active pursuits including deep sea fishing, hunting, skiing and scuba diving. He loved good food, particularly Italian and Asian cuisines. He liked to go to Sunday matinees of Broadway shows then try different restaurants in the City. He was a lover of animals and donated to various charities, particularly those supporting dog rescue.
He was most excited by the prospect of spending his retirement at his house in Italy. He purchased his grandparents’ home in Gombitelli where his mother and her nine siblings were raised and, with the help of his cousin, a retired engineer, had the place gut renovated. He also purchased the adjoining house that had already been renovated to create a little family compound. He dreamed of spending vacations there with his children and future grandchildren. Mauro, Sandra and their children spent Christmas 2019 at the house with the intention of returning later in the spring before COVID-19 made that impossible.
One of his greatest joys was being able to attend both Nicholas and Christina’s weddings this past year. He lived to see both children incredibly happy with partners that he recognized would be wonderful life mates for each of them
Mauro was predeceased by his parents Gustavo and Zita Casci. He is survived by his wife Sandra (née Weller), son Nicholas (Jodean) Casci and daughter Christina (Kyle) Byington of Denver, Colorado. Also his sister Carla Principato (Stephen) and her children Lauren, Gregory and Natalie.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday June 13, 2022 from 5-8 pm at Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown, NJ.
The funeral service will be Tuesday June 14, 2022 at 10 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 90 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ. A light repast will be served following the committal at Fairview Cemetery in the Undercroft of Christ Church.