Dr. Luigi A. Principato 96, of Mount Dora,FL, formerly of Haddonfield, NJ passed away December 6, 2016. He was born in Rogiano Gravino Provincia, Di Cosenza Italia to Roberto & Guiseppina Pepe Principato. Luigi was a retired physician having practiced internal medicine for 45 years. Luigi earned two Fellowships within the American College of Physicians, in Diabetes and Heart Disease. He was associated with Cooper University Hospital. He was a veteran having served in the United States Navy during World War II and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church of Haddonfield, NJ. Luigi was a longtime member of Tavistock County Club where he enjoyed playing golf and bridge.
He was predeceased by his wife Teresa in 2013, they were married for 61 years, and his brother Eugene. Surviving are his sister Rosetta and brother Saverio; his children; Louis A. (Patricia) Principato and Dr. Robert E. (Susanne) Principato both of Haddonfield, New Jersey, Dr. Julia A. Principato of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, John B. (Sharon) Principato of Longwood, Florida and Paul A. (Christine) Principato of Easton, Pennsylvania and his grandchildren; Elizabeth Principato-Scanlon (Brendan), Laura Principato, Robert Principato, Victoria Principato, Michael Principato, Shana Rakowsky (Paul Momnie), Nina Rakowsky, Marjorie Rose Principato, Andrew Principato and Nicholas Principato.
In 1930 Luigi, his Mother, Brother Eugene & Sister Rosetta left Italy, journeying across the Atlantic Oceanp passing though Ellis Island. They made a home in Camden, NJ where Lugi’s father; Roberto had established himself as a physician. The family settled at 4th and Walnut Streets where Roberto had an office. Luigi attended the Hun School in Princeton,NJ, and then Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he earned both his bachelors and Doctor of Medicine degrees.
Luigi often said the two defining moments of his life were when he received his medical degree and the day he married Teacy. He met “the love of his life,” Teresa Coughlan, (Teacy) while teaching at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1952 they married. Together, they had five children and resided in Haddonfield for more than 30 years.
After retirement Luigi and Teacy established a winter home at the Country Club of Mount Dora, in Mount Dora, FL where they played golf and bridge. The Mount Dora community became a central part of their lives, a welcoming place where they made lasting friendships.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass 11 AM Thursday December 22, 2016 at Christ the King Church 200 Windsor Ave. Haddonfield, NJ. Interment of his Ashes Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ following Mass. Visitation with the family 10 to 11 AM at Church.