Thomas P. Infusino, a founding member of the New Jersey Food Council, died Feb. 5 in Nutley, N.J. He was 89.

He had been a member of the Wakefern Food Corp. Cooperative since 1953, joining its board of directors in 1965. In 1971 he was elected its president and later became chairman and chief executive officer. At the time of his death he was chairman emeritus of Wakefern and president of Nutley Park Shoprite Inc.

Infusino was chairman of the board for the New Jersey Food Council from 1974-76 and was the longest-standing member of the board, serving 38 years, according to a news release from the council.

Infusino received the Prime Minister’s Medal in 1974, the highest award given by Israel, according to a release from the Biondi Funeral Home, Nutley. The Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology created an annual Prize Lecture in Cancer Causation and Epidemiology in his honor.

For his service to Wakefern, a chair has been endowed in his name at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The New Jersey Food Council presented Infusino its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Survivors include sons Jeffrey, David and Michael Infusino, and brothers Chuck and Salvatore Infusino. He was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle Infusino; son Thomas P. Infusino Jr.; and brothers Angelo Infusino and Joseph Illard.