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Wayne Lecato

February 16, 1958 - June 27, 2024

Wayne Lecato, 66,  of Hamilton passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at Carnegie Post Acute Care in Princeton. Born in Trenton, he was a lifelong area resident.


Wayne worked for the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Agriculture, retiring after 35 years of service. He was also employed  as a driving instructor with Road Ready Driving School where he taught numerous students throughout the years. He was also a longtime parishioner and an usher at St. Anthony’s Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching television, like watching wrestling, was an avid football fan and enjoyed rooting for the Giants, and NY Mets. Wayne enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Parx Casino to play cards. He loved going on vacations, having fun and being the life of the party. He was a coach for many years for his children. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. He and his wife Doreen were inseparable, they loved to travel together with family, and enjoy cruises.  Wayne was always lighthearted and joking with everyone, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Edna Vochek Lecato; brother, Robert Lecato; mother-in-law, Rena Soltes; father-in-law, Louis Pieretti; brother-in-law, Mike Golinski; and sister-in-law, Connie Pieretti Behan; he is survived by his loving wife, of 43 years, Doreen Pieretti Lecato; his two loving children, Alicia Garcia and her husband Adam, and Wayne Lecato, Jr.; three loving grandchildren, Havanna, Ava, and Johnny McCann; his sister, Fran Golinski; brothers, Frank (Connie) Lecato, and Sammy (Clara) Lecato; two goddaughters, Rena Kathcart and Erica Mendez; special uncle, Ernie Pieretti; special aunt and uncle, Shirley and George Willever; special niece, Donna (Waldy) Ruiz; as well as many other special nieces and nephews; special lifelong friends/family, Hector and Maria Diaz, and Manny and Krystal Rivera and their children; special lifelong friends/family, Jill and Ashley Bokey; 3 step grandchildren, Gabriella, Dominic, and Tina Garcia; his beloved fur babies, Buddy, and Precious/Champ who passed away; grand fur babies Jenga and Hanna; as well as many special nieces, nephews, family members and dear friends.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Monday, July 8, 2024 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road in Yardville.

A brief prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. with local clergy officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wayne Lecato or Alicia Garcia




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To My Godfather/Uncle,

You were a big part of my life & you were a great Godfather & Uncle 🥲 I'm in such disbelief still today! When I last seen you at the center you were alert & talking & laughing making funny faces that day I will hold on to FOREVER 🥰 I miss you and not being able to laugh with you no more! I love you & you will hold a special place in my heart forever & ever... I love you and miss you 😔... its never goodbye its I'll see you later 💛 Love Always Your Goddaughter/Niece Rena 💔😪 ❤️🤍💙



I don't know where to start but I do not understand why God took you so soon, You were not ready. The only thing is that you are not suffering anymore but we miss you so much you have no idea. We obviously have so many crazy and happy memories, especially about my feet. (only some of us understand what I am talking about). All the times at soccer practice and you all of us run laps over and over again. there are so many memories and i could never put them all in here. Also when you were crazy with the kids, dont worry they will remember it. Also I am glad to have been able t…


Uncle Wayne,

I still can't believe you are not here anymore. I don't think that family gatherings/parties, will ever be the same without you. You were the life of the party, no matter what the occasion was. As I was writing this post, a wonderful memory popped into my head. You, Sia, and I were leaving Great Adventure, they were closed, but we had the ride of a lifetime. On the way home, we had to take a detour. I don't think any of us really knew where we were, but you never let it show. You just drove like you knew where we were. I remember, all of a sudden, we were hitting hills and dips. You started to…



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