Eugene 'Buddy' Sacco Jr. - Air Force Veteran, Firefighter - Recognized for Service by Chatham Borough Council
Sunday, November 3, 2013 • 9:40am
CHATHAM, NJ - Eugene "Buddy" Sacco, Jr., 91, a lifelong resident of Chatham, recently passed away and was recognized by the Chatham Borough Council for his many contributions to the community at its last meeting.
Sacco owned and operated the family business, Chatham Moving and Storage, which was started by his father, Eugene Sr., in the early 1900s.
He attended Seton Hall and Rutgers before enlisting in the Army Air Corps after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. Sacco served as First Lieutenant in the 15th Air Force "Flying Fortress" bombardiers in England. He completed 64 missions earning the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters and a Presidential citation.
Following his service in the Air Force, he enrolled at Drew University, where he was inducted into the Drew Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 for his accomplishments on t he baseball field. His coach, Doc Young, proclaimed he was "One of the greatest hitters in American College baseball."
A graduate of Chatham High, Sacco was the school's first All-State soccer player as a junior.
Sacco was dedicated to the service of others. He was a member of the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department for 66 years and was the founding member of the "Appalachian Toy Drive," which delivers donations to the children of Appalachia every year.
"Be it resolved, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Chatham deepest appreciation is extended to the family of Eugene Sacco."