John Tramutola Sr., chairman of the board of A&J Produce in the Bronx, NY, died July 23 after a long illness associated with diabetes. He was 82.
Mr. Tramutola was born Jan. 7, 1931 in Brookylyn, NY, where his father, Thomas Tramutola, was the president of Tom Tramutola Corp., a fruit and produce wholesaler at the Washington Market in New York City.
Mr. Tramutola attended the Teacher’s College of Connecticut and was in the military police of the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
In 1953, he joined the New York City Police Department, where he eventually was in charge of the Police Athletic League. After 13 years as a civil servant, Mr. Tramutola left the NYPD for a salesman’s position at Kleinman & Hochberg. After establishing himself at the Hunts Point Terminal Market, he moved on to other produce wholesalers including, Yeckes & Eichenbaum, H. Schnell Co. and J. Norinsberg Co.
In 1977, Mr. Tramutola formed A&J Produce Corp. with his partners Al Weiler and Joe Levantino. Today, the company has grown to 28 units and is one of the larger produce wholesale firms in Hunts Point.
“He has been a hero to all of us and countless others throughout his life,” said his grandson, John Thomas Bonomolo. “He has always supported, helped, guided and counseled each of us, and more importantly, he did it from his heart without any need for acknowledgement or recognition.”
Mr. Tramutola is survived by his six children, Joanne Bonomolo, Carole Lucido, Thomas, Jimmy and John Jr. and Margaret Hamdan, as well as his 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Magaret Sabella.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 27 at the Shrine of St. Bernadette in Brooklyn, NY.