Patrick J. DiRenzo, a former Port Aransas resident, died on Saturday March 10, 2012 at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Fla. He was 62.
Born in Morristown and raised in Netcong, N. J., DiRenzo attended St. Michael’s School and graduated from Netcong High School.
He moved to Sweetwater and Port Aransas before settling in Palm Coast, Fla.
He played the trumpet, was an accomplished musician and skilled bass player and played in various bands, including Toxic Shock in Port Aransas.
DiRenzo attended Daytona Beach Community College for graphic arts. He studied for and obtained his Ham Radio Operators license and was a member of the American Radio League. He loved speaking with fellow hams from around the world.
He also was a member of the National Rifle Association. He especially loved spending time with and cooking for his family and friends. He loved animals, his dog Maxi and cat Panther.
DiRenzo was an excellent carpenter, learning the trade at an early age from his father Julius. After working in the construction industry, Patrick went on to be a cross-country truck driver. He worked for Ashe Trucking where he received numerous safety and driver of the month awards.
He owned and operated his own truck transport business for six years and finished his career at Service Trucking in Eustice, Fla., with a flawless driving record.
He was preceeded in death by his father in 2002.
DiRenzo is survived by his mother, Victoria, of Netcong; two sisters, Victoria DeFelice of Netcong and Tracey Conlon of Hopatcong, and a nephew, Alfie DeFelice Jr.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 16, in Netcong.