ABOUT MIKE +
OUR FAMILIES

ABOUT MIKE

THE MAN WITH A SMILE

 

September 4, 2008 marked a very sad day for our community.  It was on that day that Mike Fuccile was tragically murdered on his way to work at the Merrill Lynch office in Jersey City, NJ. He left behind his wife of ten years, Nancy, and three children, Michael 7, Jack 5 and Brooke 3.

 

He was born and raised in Toms River, NJ and lived in Metuchen for the last ten years. Mike was a graduate of Villanova University, where he and Nancy met and he earned a degree
in accounting.

 

In those ten Metuchen years, Mike became an integral part of the community through his service to Metuchen Little League, Metuchen Town Soccer, Metuchen Recreation Youth Basketball and so many more activities targeting the kids of Metuchen.

 

As an active father and family man, Mike played a substantial role in his children’s lives, whether that meant being the team manager for his son’s little league teams or coach of their basketball and soccer teams or even just playing video games with them.   He was always the first person to get the wiffleball or kickball games started for the kids at a barbeque or play in a tag football game on the beach.

 

Mike was always there for anyone who needed him, especially Nancy and the kids.  Unfortunately he can’t do that anymore.  This is our chance to do some of the things he did, show support for Nancy and the kids, participate in the community and have fun as a family.  Mike would have been the first one doing this for someone else, let’s do it for him.

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OUR FAMILIES YOU HAVE HELPED

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THE CASCIA FAMILY 

Dave Cascia lost his valiant battle with cholangiocarcinoma on May 7, 2021. His family is heartbroken but extremely grateful
that he was able to be home and left this world peacefully surrounded by those he loved.

 

The Cascia’s received life-altering news in 2019 when Dave was diagnosed withcholangiocarcinoma, an extremely rare cancer
of the bile duct, with a 5-year survival rate of only 15%.  Dave fought hard to survive and had been beating the odds for over two
and a half years. He had countless long and painful surgeries and frequent, intense procedures and treatments at Memorial
Sloan Kettering.  In April, Dave’s goal was to return home and spend as much time with family as possible.  Joanne and family
helped Dave achieve his final goal on April 22nd.  They were all thankful that he was able to be at home during this time.   

 

Dave moved to Metuchen over 21 years ago after marrying JoAnne (Eveloy) – a second generation lifetime Metuchen resident. 
They truly LOVE the community of Metuchen.   Their wedding even included a ride down Main Street in a convertible.  Dave, his
two sons, Joe and Nick and JoAnne welcomed Patrick into their growing family   Patrick is a 2020 graduate of Metuchen High School. 
Sadly, Dave and JoAnne experienced the loss of a fourth son, Gabriel, within hours after he was born in 2004. Several years later, a fire destroyed their Metuchen home and killed 3 of their pets and 3 friend’s pets that were in their care.  As they faced very heavy financial and emotional burdens Dave and JoAnne worked tirelessly to move forward rebuilding their Metuchen home, always counting their blessings, never complaining, or asking for help.

 

During his illness, Dave continued to work while he could and spend as much quality time with his family.   Joanne also maintained her full-time position while serving as Dave’s primary caregiver, a daunting task since he had very complex medical needs and very limited nursing care benefits when home.  His family was honored and privileged to have cared for Dave and ease his pain and worry.   They find peace in knowing that he is now pain free and with Gabriel. 

 

The combination of medical treatments and procedures, home health care and lost wages leave the Cascia family facing significant medical expenses that were not covered by insurance. By joining this cause, you’ll be honoring the true spirit of Mike Fuccile while bringing much needed light to the Cascia Family.  Please know how grateful they are for the love and support of the town they truly treasure and call home.