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Former Standout Wayne Athlete Michael Fusco Dies Suddenly

Michael Fusco and his son, Dylan. Fusco was a standout athlete in Wayne.
Michael Fusco and his son, Dylan. Fusco was a standout athlete in Wayne. Photo Credit: Contributed

WAYNE, N.J. -- Michael Fusco originally of Wayne died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 28. He was 42 years old.

Michael was born and raised in Wayne and attended Wayne Valley High School. He later transferred to Livingston High School.

He was a natural athlete and excelled at baseball in both high schools. He was a graduate of Lincoln Technical School with a degree in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

He will be remembered for always having a joke, making up stories and rhymes, being silly with his sister and mimicking all kinds of stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kermit the Frog.

He loved to laugh, was a daredevil and prankster at heart, and a fast and agile runner.

As a young man playing baseball, his coach once said his on base percentage was “always.” He enjoyed horror movies, loved Halloween, swimming in the family pool where he would jump off the roof into the shallow end all the time.

In his youth he enjoyed family trips to the Jersey Shore where he would dig a hole in the sand, cover it with a towel, and try to convince his sister Cara to walk over and stand on the towel. Mike had a huge heart, was extremely forgiving, loved animals, was kind, sensitive, and never held a grudge. Most of all he will be remembered for his love of his son Dylan.

Michael was the loving son of Peter Fusco of Livingston and Helen Yselonia and her husband John of Wayne. He was the cherished brother of Cara Zaranski and her husband Pete and their children Ava and Declan and his step-sister Jackie Yselonia of Forked River.

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