Monday, September 21, 2009

Duke Mack RIP


MACK, DOMINICK "DUKE" 79 - founder of Mack's Pizza, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, September 18th.

Duke was a unique individual; one of a kind, a lover of life and fun, but at the same time a serious businessman and a warm and loving person devoted to family and friends. After operating a restaurant in Trenton on Nottingham Way (near the Trenton Fairgrounds), Duke, along with his father Anthony, took a drive to Wildwood and that's where the first Mack's Pizza was born.

They were the original founders of Mack's Pizza in Wildwood, as well as being the "Mack" in Mack and Manco's Pizza in Ocean City.

Duke's other businesses included a nightclub/restaurant named after him in AC, Duke Mack's, Hamilton Bowling Lanes in Hamilton Township and even Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer.

Duke was a huge NY Yankee supporter and a fan of Joe DiMaggio "the grea Yankee of them all." Duke had a great sense of humor and was a constant source of strength for his family and friends. Under his tough exterior, he had a heart of gold. Predeceased by his brother, Vince Mack and his first wife, Charlotte; Duke is survived by his wife Pat, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronald Mack and Darryl and Mary Mack; grandchildren, Eoin and Laura; Pat's daughter, Maryanne, who Duke loved and thought of as his own, her husband Michael and grandchildren, Brittany and Nicky Ziccardi. Duke is also survived by his loving brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Sharon Mack; and his sister Catherine Moloney.

A funeral service will begin 10am Wednesday at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11am Wednesday at the Holy Angels RC Church, 1733 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08610. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Relatives and friends may call 8-10am Wednesday at the Colonial Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Redeemer Health System, Development Department (Hospice Program), 21 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 or the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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