Fiore Troncone


Fiore Troncone, born around 1874 in Italy to Antonio and Rafaella Troncone, embarked on the journey to America with his family in 1885. After a period in Pennsylvania, where sons Anthony and William were born, the Troncone family made their way to Camden, NJ, shortly after 1900. By 1910, Fiore Troncone and his wife, Carmela, established their residence at 815 South Fourth Street, residing next door to the influential Italian-American funeral director, Antonio Mecca. This address remained their home through the late 1940s.

In the fall of 1906, Fiore Troncone joined the Camden Police Department, recognizing the significance of having detectives fluent in the languages of the city’s diverse immigrant population. On August 1, 1913, Fiore Troncone, Charles Fitzsimmons, and George V. Murry were promoted to the detective squad, led by Captain William Schregler. Prior to the official promotion, all three had been working in plainclothes for several months.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Detective Troncone garnered frequent mentions in local newspapers, particularly when cases involved Italian-speaking individuals. Fiore Troncone passed away on December 10, 1936, while his wife, Carmela, continued to reside at the South Fourth Street address. Carmela Troncone passed away in January 1971 at the age of 92.

Fiore and Carmela Troncone were blessed with at least five children: Anthony, William, Raphaelina, Richard, and Theresa. By 1930, William Troncone had followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the Camden Police Department. Richard Troncone, during the same period, began working for their neighbor, Antonio Mecca, eventually succeeding him in the funeral business after Mecca’s passing.


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