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Vincent "Jimmy" M. Tucci

September 8, 1927October 13, 2020
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Vincent M. Tucci "Jimmy", age 93, of Bay Shore, New York passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. He was born September 8, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY. Beloved husband of the late Adeline. He is the devoted father of Lorraine Sawyer; and Steven Tucci (Doreen). Vincent is cherished by his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 16, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A prayer service will occur at 8:00 PM.

Entombment will occur on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 2030 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, New York 11735, with Military Honors.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Boyd-Spencer.com for the Tucci family.

  • FAMILY

  • Lorraine Sawyer, Daughter
  • Steven Tucci (Doreen), Son
  • Adeline Tucci, Wife (deceased)
  • Vincent is cherished by his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Laura Riportella

October 17, 2020

I enjoyed the many many stories and photos that he shared when ever we saw him.. His love for his family and the Yankees was priceless.. Rest easy ❤️ The Riportella’s Paul Laura Toniann Paulie Alex Vincent Lena and willow xo

Rich DeCanio

October 17, 2020

3 quick Uncle Jimmy stories....we were playing ball and it went on his roof, I went to jump up on the window sill to get it and I put my knee through the bedroom window. I will cherish that scar forever. Uncle Jimmy was building Uncle Joe's garage, which was between my house and his house. They were pouring Cement, being the curious kid I was, I got too close and fell into the Cement! Lastly, he had a huge tree in the front yard that all the kids would climb, it was a famous tree in the neighborhood. Well, one day I said I would finally climb it! I did it! Big problem was I was too afraid to climb down. All my friends were yelling to me, you climbed up you can climb down! I couldn't do it. They had to go get my dad to get me down off Uncle Jimmys tree. I was so embarrassed 😳 Rest In Peace Uncle

Rosemarie Del Grosso

October 16, 2020

My Uncle Jimmy was a fabulous person, his care and love of family was one of the most important things in his life. He's love of life and how much he enjoyed sharing it with family and friends. I don't think I ever saw him, when he wasn't smiling and he always had some great jokes and stories. I am blessed for the time I had to share with him and have so many wonderful memories.

Joseph Scalia

October 15, 2020

Cousin Jimmy was my idol! I remember him coming to Nona’s house on 57th Street sometime after the war at Christmas in 1947 or 48. I was about 5 or 6. He looked amazing in his U.S Army Paratrooper uniform. I remember the parachute insignia on his cap, the uniform, his shiny jump boots. Years later at Raven Hall Pool in Coney Island they set up a number of punching bags just inside the fence for all the bathers to use. It attracted the crowds walking along Surf Avenue. I can still hear the rhythmic sound of that speed bag when Cousin Jimmy put on a display for the passersby who stopped to watch in admiration. I knew I wanted to be just like him!
The last time I saw him I brought him a new copy of my book “Brooklyn Family Scenes” he loved and read so many times the pages had fallen out. I told him he was my hero, that I remain in awe of him for being the man he has always been. Cousin Jimmy loved and was loved in return. Rest in peace, dear Cousin, my idol still, the end of an era.

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Biography

Vincent M. Tucci (Jimmy) was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Jimmy wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Jimmy was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Our father, Jimmy was born on September 8, 1927 at Brooklyn, NY. He was the son of Gerald and Rose. Jimmy was raised in Brooklyn, NY. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Dad might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that he was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Jimmy was raised with two siblings. He had one older brother, Richard and one younger sister, Doris. Jimmy was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Jimmy was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served our dad well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Jimmy was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Jimmy was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Jimmy took part in boxing, baseball, and bowling. In his spare time he liked to play with his brother and sister, sword fighting with sticks, throwing darts and swimming. Jimmy had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Jimmy was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Jimmy was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends.

       Jimmy's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Adeline's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Jimmy was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Our father was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Dad, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Tucci home. Dad's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Jimmy and Adeline were blessed with two children: Lorraine and Steven. They were also blessed with 5 grandchildren, Stephanie, Rebecca, Kristin, James, and Lauren.

      Jimmy was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was as a carpenter. He was employed for over 40 years and built the very house in which he raised his family. Jimmy was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Jimmy had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Jimmy's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Jimmy joined the Army on his 18th birthday and later entered the 82nd airborne. He was very proud of his 89 jumps and often described them to his great-grandchildren, who looked at pictures and listened intensely. His fellow soldiers could count on him for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed.

      Because our father loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were traveling with close friends, playing pranks, telling jokes, playing cards and making wine. He also pursued a part time job as a DJ. His love of music was very varied from “Madam Butterfly” to “Old Man River, his favorite song to sing in the shower. He and mom loved to dance and were a mesmerizing pair as they glided across the floor. He Dad had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, his ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Dad derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Our father was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity, he especially adored watching his beloved Yankees.

      Our father was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, he seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Dad usually agreed that when you were involved in a project with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout his later years, he was an active member and treasurer of the Islip town senior club and caregiver for our mother.

      Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, our father enjoyed traveling. Favorite vacations included his trip to Hawaii with his honey, Adeline. Another favorite was a lengthy trip to Italy to meet Adeline’s family. As a couple, Jimmy and Adeline took many trips with their dear friends to a resort in upstate New York where they played pranks on each other and laugh until they cried.


       Our dad was always able to adapt to changes and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for him to master. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling and spending time with friends and family, including helping care for his two youngest grandchildren, James and Lauren. Even in retirement, Dad continued to stay in touch with his old friends.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to our father. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Jimmy for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Our father was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones. He paved the way for our family and left behind his legacy of unconditional love. We were all blessed and lucky to have him as a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, an uncle, cousin, friend or acquaintance.

      Jimmy Tucci passed away on October 13, 2020, peacefully at home in the house he built, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his two children, Lorraine and Steven; his daughter in law, Doreen; his 5 grandchildren Stephanie, Rebecca, Kristin, James, and Lauren; and 5 great-grandchildren, Norah, Matthew, Oliver, Arthur, and Anderson. Services were held at Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home. Jimmy was laid to rest next to his sweetheart in Pinelawn cemetery.

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