Stephen Charles Tumminello

Stephen Charles Tumminello, loving husband, father and grandfather, died on Monday, April 12, 2021, peacefully at home, surrounded by family. He was 84 years old.

Stephen was born in Paterson, NJ and spent most of his life in Edison and Princeton. Stephen began his career in the United States National Guard and later led a successful career in lighting and electronics, during which he became the first American CEO of North American Philips Corporation. He retired in 1997 after more than 30 years of service.

Stephen also served as Chairman of the Board of Fairleigh Dickinson University, his alma mater, and has been listed as a noteworthy consumer electronics manufacturing executive by Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America.”  Stephen attended the Stanford University Business program for executives and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from FDU in 2004. 

Stephen was a family man who spent his summers at the Jersey Shore and his winters in Palm Beach, Florida. He loved golf, playing cards, and was an avid Yankees fan.

Son of the late Charles and Anna (Hallock) Tumminello, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elaine (Asher) Tumminello; three daughters and their spouses, Laurie Treene, Robyn and Kevin Nini, Wendy Tumminello and Laura Motley; a brother, Charles Tumminello; a sister, Joyce Balzoratti; and seven grandchildren, Lauren, Alayna, Julianna, Christina, Olivia, Hayden and Ethan.

His family will hold a private memorial service at St. Paul Parish, Princeton on Wednesday. He will be buried alongside loved ones at Princeton Cemetery.

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