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Thomas J. Coco  

Thomas J. Coco

March 27, 1947 – May 6, 2016

Thomas J. Coco, age 69, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 6, 2016.

A native Delawarean, Jim was born in Wilmington on March 27, 1947, and was the son of James and Esther (Reid) Coco. A graduate of John Dickinson High School, he was a standout athlete who played both baseball and basketball. Jim proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, spending most of his time stationed in Alaska. After returning home to Delaware, he accepted a position as a driver with the Del Campo Baking Company where he would meet his future wife, Karen who worked in the company’s office. In 1986, Jim purchased a delivery route with Tastykake which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2011.

An avid sports fan, he followed all of the Philadelphia sports teams, enjoyed NASCAR, and looked forward to each college basketball season. Jim adored the beach and he and Karen spent many happy weekends there together. In his leisure time, he liked dining out and taking trips to Lancaster County, PA. Jim was an excellent handyman and enjoyed tinkering around the house. He was a devoted caretaker and son to his mother, Esther whom he cherished.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, James. In addition to his mother, Esther, he is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Karen A. (Krafchick); children, Scharla Baker (Eric) and Tom Elmore (Amy), all of Anchorage, AK; and grandchildren, Bronwyn and Megan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, at St. John the Beloved R.C. Church, 907 Milltown Road, Sherwood Park, Wilmington, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held 10 am until 11 am. Entombment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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  1. Jane Griswold, May 8, 2016

    Dear Esther and Karen. So sorry to hear of Jim’s death. You are in my thoughts Jane

  2. Marie LeVan, May 9, 2016

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marie LeVan

  3. Sherry Naylor, May 9, 2016

    Karen and Esther,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God is watching over you during this difficult time. Please know that he is in a better place and looking down on you both and singing your praises.


  4. Larry Mullikin, May 9, 2016


    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, my condolences go out to you and your family..

  5. Derek Ong, May 9, 2016

    Dear Karen,

    It is heartbreaking to hear of your husband’s death. While I never did get the chance to meet him, I know that he meant a great deal to you.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love and Peace,


  6. Stan Brown, May 10, 2016

    Dear Karen,
    So sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. You and he have been a great team together. While he spoke of his health issues occasionally, he didn’t dwell on them at family gatherings, preferring to focus on fun things, and funny things that had happened to him. He was a humorous man. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and with him. I’m sure he’s in Heaven now.
    Love and peace,
    Stan Brown

  7. Brian & Jen Marcozzi, May 10, 2016

    Karen: We were so sad to hear of your loss. We enjoyed stopping by our neighbors, the Chalmers house to see you both when visiting. I know Vic & Vicki really enjoyed you and Jim’s friendship and company. Just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love and Peace,
    The Marcozzi Family

  8. Timothy Langan, May 11, 2016

    Mrs. Coco – I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. It was such a pleasure to be his internist all those years. A visit with him was always a pleasure, despite some of the challenges he faced, he always faced them with a smile. My thoughts are with you adn your family.

    Dr. Langan

  9. Sherri (Griswold) Drolet, May 11, 2016

    Dear Mrs. Coco,

    My heartfelt condolences to you with the passing of your son. You and Karen are both in my thoughts.

    It has been many years since I was a kid and lived near you but I still have fond memories of the Tastykake trucks that seemed to always be parked in your driveway.

    I am so sorry for your loss.


  10. Phyllis Rappaport Zeise, May 13, 2016

    Karen I just heard of Jim’s passing. I am so sorry I was not there to support you. Please accept my deepest condolences. Whenever he was over at the Highland Ave house I enjoyed our conversations.

    If I can help in any way please do not hesitate to call me. My prayers are with you.
    Big hug. Phyllis


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