Obituary of Constantino J. Rauzzino
Rauzzino, Constantino J., 88, of Margate passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, surrounded by the love of his family. Born August 14, 1932 in Philadelphia to Maria and Costantino Rauzzino, Connie grew up on Dover Avenue in Atlantic City, along with his brother Felix. He graduated Atlantic City High School in 1950 and Montclair State Teachers College in 1954. It was there that he met the love of his life, his future wife Lillian. He also earned a Masters in Elementary Administration and Supervision from then Glassboro State College.
Connie led a very busy and full life. He was active in his family life, professional life and community. He began his teaching career teaching elementary school math for seven years before being named principal of Chelsea Jr. High School in Atlantic City. He ended his career serving as Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, retiring in 1992. Upon retirement, he became a pension consultant for NJEA and helped countless teachers determine their retirement benefits. He served in the U.S. Army at the Ballistic Research Lab Unit at Aberdeen, Maryland, being drafted out of college. He also worked as a teen and in the summers on Steeplechase Pier on the A.C. Boardwalk at the baseball game and guessing people’s ages and weights.
Over the years, he has worn an assortment of hats while supporting a variety of activities in the schools and community. Connie was always devoted to the youth of Absecon Island and service to his community. He served as Manager, President and Director of the Margate Little League and remained active for over 30 years, long after his sons participated. He also served as Secretary of the Margate Colts Football team for close to fifteen years. Connie was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City for over 30 years, holding various offices including President, serving on the Board of Directors and Trustee. He helped many local youth gain scholarships by his involvement in Dollars for Scholars. He was also involved with starting a Juvenile Committee to help prevent troubled youth. Over the course of his life he was honored with a multitude of distinguished awards including Atlantic City Citizen of the Year, Margate Little League Outstanding Dedication and Leadership Award and Atlantic City School System Friend of Education, among many, many others.
More important to Connie than any other award or accolade he would receive was his dedication to his family and friends. He taught us all the value of hard work and commitment, to always be fair and consistent, that if you don’t know how to do something, then learn how, that if you took care of the pennies the dollars will take care of themselves and that your legacy is not about the things you achieve but the lives that you touch.
Connie’s favorite activities included puttering around fixing things, getting a bargain, spending time at his Florida Condominium with his lifelong buddy Frank Baldachino, traveling, especially with friends Joan and Paul Lacity, spending time at the Margate fields and just enjoying life.
Together with his wife Lil, he created a beautiful life and family. He loved his family and friends fiercely but held a special spot in his heart for his granddaughters, Katie and Jennifer. He was their biggest fan and cheerleader, whether it was an academic or athletic endeavor they were involved in. He was also very proud of the accomplishments they made in their careers as well.
Our true patriarch, we will miss his guidance and wisdom, his generous and loving heart, his beautiful smile and his everyday presence in our lives.
Constantino was predeceased in 2017 by his wife Lillian. He leaves behind to cherish his memory son William Rauzzino, DMD (Terri) of Linwood, son Robert of Margate, daughter Kathy Thompson (Dennis) of Linwood, granddaughters Katie Thompson, DPT, of Egg Harbor Township and Jennifer Thompson (Bobby) of Kearny , the Sacco kids, nieces and nephews Nancy Karriker Dilks (Gary), Michael Dilks(Susan), Nancy Rauzzino, Michael Rauzzino (Jill), their children Perry, Andrew, Spencer and Felix Rauzzino, Thomas Rauzzino, and special cousins Anne Heath and Judy Barrasso. We would also like to thank his companion aide Ida for the special times she shared with him in his later life.
A viewing will be held Monday, April 26, from 9-11am at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Road, Linwood, followed by an 11am service. Burial is to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing.To plant a tree in memory of Constantino Rauzzino, please visit Tribute Store