Longtime local figure Mancuso, 86, dies

UNION COUNTY — Charles S. Mancuso, 86, a former mayor of Hillside in 1972, well known politically throughout the county, died Sunday at Cranford Health and Extended care in Cranford.

A former Vocational and Technical School board president and long-time board member, the Springfield resident had the honor of having a county magnet school dedicated to him in 1997; Mancuso Hall, at the Union County School for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Born in Elizabeth, Mancuso lived in Hillside for most of his life before moving to Springfield 12 years ago. He enjoyed a long career with many achievements in the educational, political and banking spheres.

After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948 he went on to hold the vice president and director position at First Fidelity Bank from 1971 to 1990.

He was also the executive director of the Linden Economic Development Corporation from 1991 to 1996 and named vice president of Statewide Savings Bank, responsible for business development in Union County.

Mancuso also held the first vice-president seat at Independence Community Bank, responsible for business development in Union County.
As past president of the Union County Vocational-TechnicalSchools, he served on the board for more than 20 years.

Mancuso was also well known for serving as president of the Hillside Little League and Hillside Pop Warner, as well as past president of the Italian-American Club of Hillside.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Chris Hudak reacted to Mancuso’s passing, noting that he was dedicated to serving the community.

“The Union County Freeholder Board extends its sympathies and condolences to the family of Charlie Mancuso,” said Hudak, adding that “Charlie dedicated his life to building the greater Union County community through his vocation and our educational centers as his avocation. He served 36 years as a member of our Vocational Technical Schools, including 18 as president. The county honored this commitment by naming the building that houses our magnet school – Mancuso Hall – after him in 1997.”

Mancuso was the husband of the late Rose Ann and father of Charles, Jr. and Roxane Mancuso.