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South Plainfield Mourns Passing of Bill Mosca

Glenn F. Cullen

Friday, December 27, 2013 • 5:00am

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Bill Mosca, beloved husband, father, educator and coach, passed away Sunday among crowds of family and friends at Somerset Medical Center.  Mosca was 64 years-old.  Mosca worked as a mechanical drawing teacher at the South Plainfield Middle School for 32 years.  He was an assistant JV Basketball Coach for ten years and head JV Baseball Coach and assistant at South Plainfield High School for over thirty years.

On Sunday word had passed around South Plainfield that Bill Mosca would probably not make it through the day, but his wife Maryann and children were allowing family and friends to visit him in the hospital.  Streams of friends, students and colleagues all rushed to Somerset Medical Center to say their goodbyes, and thank Bill Mosca for how he affected their lives.

A Facebook site entitled “Pray for Mosca” was started last week, and overnight the site had hundreds of likes.   South Plainfield Varsity Baseball Head Coach Anthony Guida had this to say about Coach Mosca:  ”The passing of Coach Mosca has come as a shock to all of us.  He touched the lives of countless current & former students, athletes, friends, colleagues and most importantly his family.  Baseball in South Plainfield will miss his presence and leadership for the first time in almost 40 years.  I believe we are all better people because he was in our lives and he made such an impression on us both in the field of competition and off.  The friendship I shared with Coach Mosca will be cherished forever.  I, along with our baseball family, am deeply saddened.”

Former student Alyssa Kurilew had this to say on the Pray for Mosca Page:  “He was probably one of South Plainfield’s most loved and recognized teachers amongst students.  He made us all excited to go to class and built relationships with his students that will stay with them forever.  The entire town is saddened by your loss, but we are all blessed to have known you.  Thank You Mr. Mosca.”

In addition to being a mechanical drawing teacher Mosca also worked with special education students in Woodshop.  This was a class Mosca truly treasured. 

Bill Mosca's volunteerism didn't end in South Plainfield.  He volunteered with the Branchburg Travel Baseball Team and was most proud of their 2012 Babe Ruth World Series title and the team's third place finish in the Cal Ripken League World Series in 2008.  Mosca also coached basketball for Branchburg Recreation and found time to volunteer for the Middlesex Hand and Hand as well as yearly church missions to assist with various construction projects.

After retirement Mosca got to spend time doing what he loved, helping people with carpentry jobs. He was a true carpenter at heart and enjoyed making furniture and doing woodworking projects.

Bill Mosca is survived by his wife, Maryann (Bazsika), and three children , Lily, 18 and twins Jojo and Katie, 15,    Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY and was a 40 year resident of North Plainfield New Jersey until moving to Branchburg in 1991.

Bill Mosca’s funeral arrangements are at McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals.  Please go to our Obituary section or McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals for details regarding funeral times and arrangements.

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