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Joseph Tuccio passed away peacefully on July 31 at age 91 surrounded by family and friends. Dad was born the oldest of five in Campo, Calabria, Italy on May 17, 1917 into a very impoverished family. He and his family immigrated to Bedford Hills, New York when he was 13, just in time to live through the Great Depression.  He learned how to speak English and graduated valedictorian a year early from high school.  He worked his way through college at Bowdoin University in Maine, graduating in 1940 third in his class with Phi Beta Kappa honors as an English Major. He then attended Columbia University in New York where he received his Masters Degree in English. Dad always loved Italy and refused to fight in World War II against his native country. He worked a wide variety of jobs, including high school teacher, vinyl record assembly line worker, cigarette salesman and, finally, used cars salesman with his brothers Pat, Jerry and Arthur before he began his own insurance agency in 1952.

Dad married our mother, Rita Stazi (a former Miss Italy), in 1954 and moved to Lookout Point in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1961 where they lived ever since. Dad ran his insurance agency in Port Chester, New York for 50 years. Throughout his life, Dad's passion was poetry, and in 2007 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He published over 10 books of poems and was a consistent contributor to the Ridgefield Press and numerous other newspapers and magazines all over the world. Sometimes, you just had to stop and feel the rush from his words as they perfectly described something, whether profound or simple. He was versant in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and could read Latin and Greek. Dad's comments on poetry were many, but he often said, “I write with my eyes closed to save energy and avoid distractions, especially in daylight, lying down with paper close by, identifying 100% with my subject, so that what I express is both words and matter twin-born, as it should be, not one chasing the other”.

A recent poem by Dad, “Two Meanings of ‘Forever’”, read

When you’re a child,
The word “forever”
Is a point in Time
So far away
You don’t even think about it,
It almost doesn’t exist.

But when you’re pushing ninety,
“Forever” may still be
Part of your vocabulary,
But is has a different meaning –
“Forever” is then measured
By the minute,
By the hour,
Or by the day,
Or it may be just now.

But it’s still forever,
Even then,
Because we never know the end.

Dad is survived by his children George, Joe, Bill, and Susy, brother Arthur and sister-in-law Liisa of Ridgefield, sisters-in-law Ernestine, of Naples, Florida and Patricia Hagen-Tuccio of Hampton Bays, New York, his daughters-in-law Debbie, Barbara and Linda Tuccio-Koonz, son-in-law Tom, grandchildren Joey, Gina, Giorgio, Michael, Taylor, Lina, Eva and Risa, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 10th at 1:00PM in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT.
To all who knew our father, he was a loyal friend, a passionate thinker, and a compassionate human being. Endlessly generous and full of energy, he lived on his own for the last four years after Mom passed away, caring for and communicating with so many others, as he always did, till the end. We would like to thank his many friends for filling his life with joy. We are forever grateful to him for his love and devotion to our mother and to us all these many years. He will be deeply missed, and the space he leaves behind in our lives will forever be empty.


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