May 28, 1924 – September 9, 2018
Tullio Jacuzzi, 94, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018. He was born on May 28, 1924, in Oakley, California to Gelindo and Rosie Jacuzzi. Passionate! No word could better describe Tullio Jacuzzi, a man that had many loves and interest and was fully passionate about each one of them. From family and friends to animals and nature, Tullio loved them all. Together with Clydia, “The love of his life!”, they brought nine wonderful children into this world. With the arrival of each one, Tullio’s pride only grew larger. With a stern hand and a gentle heart he taught them to show love, compassion and humility. He was a genuine role model to them all. He enjoyed nothing more than time spent with his family. Whether it meant working together in his immaculately landscaped yard, hunting with his sons, fishing with Clydia (or anyone else that wanted to go), watching kids and grandkids compete in sports, dance in recitals, sing in the choir, Tullio loved it all! Family gatherings were a definite favorite of his. Family and friends could often be found enjoying food from Tullio’s grill, relaxing in the pool or pond, and playing or fishing at “The Farm”. Tullio spent over 40 years working for the Jacuzzi family business. All who worked for Tullio would agree that he expected excellence. A favorite saying of his, “Think: Why is there never enough time to do things right, but always enough time to do things over”, was prominently displayed in the many factories in which he worked. Community service was another great passion of Tullio’s. “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right” was the approach he used as a dedicated member of Kiwanis International, an organization in which he served as president, lieutenant governor and was credited with 60 years of perfect attendance. Tullio, also, proudly served his country during World War II, building runways for the Army Corp of Engineers. Tullio was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Clydia Lee Casey Jacuzzi; his daughter, Nancy Davenport; his grandson, Clay Colford; his parents; and three siblings, Rodolfo Jacuzzi, Olga Gall and Lola Fenolio. He is survived by one brother, Daniele Jacuzzi (Jean); his children, Linda Emery (Lynn), Richard Jacuzzi (Patti), Kathy Fluharty (Larry), Jim Jacuzzi (Marilyn), Jane Gavin (John), Andrew Jacuzzi (Shannon), Julie Housholder (Gary), and Robert Jacuzzi (Michelle). He was blessed to be called “Grandpa” by 17 grandchildren and “Great Grandpa” by 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1:00pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00pm at Pinecrest Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 3:00pm at Forest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tullio’s name to the Kiwanis Club of Pulaski Heights, P.O. Box 56007, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215.
As written by one of his Granddaughters the night he passed: “Tullio Jacuzzi was a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a World War II veteran, an incredible inventor and businessman, and a husband in an epic love story. He was a prankster (though he’d never admit it), a shameless flirt, a lover of Italian arias and fine wine, the original Mickey Mouse pancake maker, and a black coffee drinker (the one aspect of his being I’ll never understand). He was a world-traveler, a hilarious story-teller, king of ironic punchlines, the ultimate nature guide, a fearless, fair, and honest leader and a teacher. He cared about all people, and his deep, hearty laugh and big heart brought joy to all who had the honor of spending even five minutes with him. He was the person we all aspire to be. Tonight, my grandpa was finally reunited with his true love of 72 years, and his sister Lola, who preceded him in death by a mere 36 hours. Though all of us that he left behind will feel the sting of this shitty part of life, I know he’s finally at ease, smiling and holding my grandmother’s hand, gazing into some indescribable sunset, together. Until we meet again...” Hannah Jacuzzi
- Jim Emery
- Adrian bozeman
- Richard Jacuzzi, Jr.
- Casey Jacuzzi
- John Jones
- Ben Fluharty
- Daniel Fluharty
- Greg Jacuzzi
- Phillip Jacuzzi
- Curtis Housholder
- Luke Jacuzzi
- Visitation Saturday, September 15, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018
- Burial Saturday, September 15, 2018
September 26, 2018
Karen and I are just now hearing about Tullio. We are both so sad to hear the news. and would have attended the funeral had we known. He and Clydia were two of the most wonderful people we have ever met. They were so full of joy and so proud of all of their family. There was so much love in that home.
Thanks for all the memories!
Eddie and Karen Thompson
September 14, 2018
Although I only met Mr Jacuzzi once, I have known his son Robert for many years. Robert brought his dad in to the bank to see me one day and after only a few short minutes, I knew we would be friends. He was quiet the ladies man, in a fun way, and before leaving even though we had just met, he gave me the biggest hug and kissed me right on the lips and I loved it. He was humorous, a true gentleman and you knew immediately how much he loved life and his wonderful family. My prayers are with you all at this time, but what wonderful memories you must have.
September 13, 2018
Back in the 70s and 80s, the Jacuzzi's were fixtures at the many local canoe races. The highlight was always Scouting's White River Canoe Race of course, and in it's heyday, 75 teams from across the nation participated. Mr. and Mrs. Jacuzzi were usually camping but at some point, most scouts migrated that way knowing they were going to be treated to some really good food and fellowship. We were always greeted with smiles and they both helped make that race and others truly enjoyable and memorable experiences. Many of their kids also participated in the race. Eventhough our Post /Crew 300 was from Russellville, Dr. Vanpatter, Mr. and Mrs. Jacuzzi, and Mr. and Mrs. Pickett accepted us and treated us like we were part of the big Post 8 from Little Rock. That always meant a great deal to me and others. Post 8 was the largest contingent of scouts in the heyday of the White River Canoe Race due in large part to those wonderful, kind, and selfless advisors. Ten years after scouting for me, we formed an outrigger team and competed in one of the greatest canoe races, the Molokai Hoe. The team consisted of many of the Russellville and Little Rock scouts. Tullio was there of course with his son, Robert Jacuzzi. Tullio would bring his party barge out on the Arkansas River to help us get ready for the big race and made the trip to Hawaii too. My condolences to Robert Jacuzzi and Andrew Jacuzzi, Tullio Jacuzzi will be missed. I am honored to have known him.
September 13, 2018
He will forever be fixed in my memory sitting in “his” chair and smiling in the lobby of Fellowship North. So sorry for your loss. One of a kind.💛
Anthony (Tony) Presot
September 12, 2018
To my teacher, a great man and a dear friend, I will always remember the many memories of working together with you at the Jacuzzi Toronto, St. Louis, Little Rick and Brazil Plants. Your continuous support was always greatly appreciated.
To the extended Jacuzzi Family, our condolences for your loss.
Anthony Presot & Family
12 Connie Street
Toronto, ON Canada
September 11, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Tullio's sons and daughters and extended family. A man with a long, fruitful life, he had a positive impact on hundreds of people. We all remember him fondly.
I remember Tullio most for his working with the Explorer Scouts of Post 8 back in the 1970s and 80s. Whether it was working on the Post 8 bus, working on the canoe trailers, helping with boats, hauling kids to the White River Canoe Race, or feeding dozens during a race (I can still remember when he barbecued about 50 chickens for us all on the White River Canoe Race), Tullio was always there, ready to work and take care of us "kids". He, Clydia, "Doc", and my Mom and Dad were our "support adults" who took care of our every need during all those wonderful trips to the rivers of Arkansas.
Tullio was one of our "Greatest Generation", and we are indebted to him and those like him who made our Country great. My memories of him and his accomplishments will always be treasured. His upbeat, "can do" attitude and work ethic will be missed by all.
May Good Bless You and your families, Robert, Julie, and Andy "Money", as well as all your kin who knew and loved this wonderful American.