After returning from the war he resumed his studies at the Juilliard School, where he also met his future wife, Frances Wilbur, who was also a student and member of the Juilliard Orchestra. Upon graduation, he was a member of the Buffalo, .NY. Symphony and the Dallas Symphony. In 1948 he became a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was named by Leonard Bernstein to be co-principal trumpet, a position he held for the next 40 years. He resided in Teaneck, N..J., where he and his wife raised their two children, John Steven and Donna Louise. Upon retirement, he relocated to White Stone, Va., where he continued playing trumpet in church and in a local amateur symphony. He and Frances then relocated to Richmond to be near their daughter and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughter and son- in-law, Donna and Jim Zocco; and his brothers Stanley and Curtis Ware; and son, John Steven. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Kristin Zocco Goldman, Stephanie Zocco Cowardin and James Ware Zocco; as well as his eight great-grandchildren.
There will be a service 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26 at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, Va. Interment will be private in the Virginia Veteran Cemetery at Amelia. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, 89 E. Church St., P.O. Box 2095, Kilmarnock, Va. or the CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Richmond, Va. Online condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhome
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