Constantine "CJ, Chris, Connie" J. Testone, age 82 of Vineland, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014 at home. Constantine was born in Derby, Conn., to the late Constantine and Ida May (Smith) Testone and graduated from Fairfield University in 1953 with a degree in Social Science. He served with distinction in military intelligence from 1954-1958 in Berlin, Germany.
Following his military career, CJ began his Boy Scouts of America professional career in 1958 as an Assistant District Executive in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. In 1959, he was promoted to District Executive until 1963 when he was selected to serve as District Executive in Middlesex Council, Highland Park, NJ. In 1964, Connie was selected to serve as District Executive in the Transatlantic Council, Heidelberg, Germany. Among his many assignments two are most noteworthy. He founded Camp Heritage, a self-reliant summer camp in Germany which still exists today and also served as the American Liaison officer at Kandersteg International Scout Chalet in Switzerland. Following his overseas assignment, Chris was selected to serve as Program Director in the Suffolk County Council, Long Island, NY., in 1968. In 1970, he was promoted to Director of Support Services. Among his many contributions, he was instrumental in substantially improving the camping program of the Council including the acquisition and construction of a self-reliant camp in the Adirondacks.
In 1975, CJ was selected to service as Scout Executive of the Southern New Jersey Council, Vineland, NJ. He successfully served in that capacity for 22 years, retiring from the professional services of the Boy Scouts of America in 1997. After 39 years of service, some of Connie's notable achievements included: growth of the Council Endowment Trust Fund assets from $70,000 to 5.5 million dollars, construction of a new Scout Resource Center valued at 1.5 million dollars, completed a major capital campaign resulting in acquisition of camp properties and camp improvements; and introduction of new outreach programs for minorities and the handicapped.
Chris is a 60 year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 3. He has served as and Asst. Cub Master, Asst. Scoutmaster, Committee Member and Scout Master. He has earned the Scouters Training Award and Scouters Key. Chris is an Ernest Thompson Seton Member of BSA's 1910 Society and a multiple James E. West Member. He has been honored by his community and the State of New Jersey for his outstanding service to youth. He has been a member of the Kiwanis International, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and many local community organizations.
Constantine was predeceased by his brothers, Lawrence and Joseph Testone, and sister Marie A. (Testone) Kashuba. He is survived by two brothers, Jackie (Clara) Testone and Henry Testone. He is also survived by his two daughters, Carol (Testone) Warren and her husband Elmer of Millville and Patricia (Testone) Grablow of Vineland and one son, Shawn Testone and his wife Robin of Horseheads, NY. Also four loving grandchildren Serena, Julianna and Michael Testone and Cassidy J. Grablow. He is also survived by dear cousin, Clara Finnucan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral liturgy will be held Friday, January 24th at 11:00 AM from Chris the Good Shepherd Parish, Church of St. Isidore 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland. Burial will be private. Visitation hours are 9:00-10:45 AM Friday in CHURCH prior to the liturgy. Please visit wbfuneralhome.com to send on line condolences and or tributes to the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Constantine's memory may made to the BSA at BSA Troop 3 Derby, PO Box 8, Derby, CT 06418 or the American Diabetes 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA,. 22311 or by phone at 1-800-342-2383. Arrangements are under the supervision of Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland, NJ.