John A Luciano
November 24, 1931 – November 2, 2018
John A. Luciano 1931-2018 John Anthony Luciano age 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 2, 2018. John, also lovingly known by his 2 siblings as “Johnny, Junior & School Boy” and by his son, grandchildren and great grandchild as “PAPA” was born November 24, 1931 in Somerville, Ma to John and Esther Luciano. John attended Somerville High and graduated from Boston University, where he was a Delta Sigma Pi, with a degree in Business. On October 24, 1954 John married the love of his life, Gloria Elaine Callender. John proudly served in the Air Force from 1953-1957 and the Army Reserve until 1961. John worked for one company his entire life, American Tabacco. Coworkers and clients will tell you he was an extremely dedicated company man working a full day every day and ALWAYS with a smile on his face. John was a very proud father; he and Gloria had 3 sons, Jackie, Jimmy and Chuckie. There was nothing more important to John than his family. In the early years, summers were spent with the entire crew, Grandparents, and Auntie and Uncles families on Little Squam Lake in Holderness, NH. Big BBQ’s and morning breakfasts were John’s specialties. In the later years summers were spent at The Golden Nugget in Miami where Johnny could always be found playing a mean game of mini-golf with the entire clan. Papa adored his 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He and Namie spent countless hours with them and loved every minute of it, from swimming in the pool to walks around the lake, to trips to Disney World and everyone’s favorite Sunday Pasta Dinners, where Papa could always be found at the head of the table leading everyone in prayer. John was a devout catholic and loved the Lord. He attended St. Jude Catholic Church on a daily basis for 20 years and was very proud to be a Eucharistic Minister there. John is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Gloria; sons Jackie, Jimmy(Cindy Marie), Chuckie(Katy); grandchildren Kara & Jeff Vinciulla, Genna, Charlie & Grace Luciano; great grandchild; Dean Vinciulla, ; Sister Carolyn Labadini Luciano; Brother In Law Willard Callender (Beverly Callender) and Nephew Ben Caggiano. John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charlie Luciano, sister in law Josephine Luciano and brother in law John Labadini Wake Services will be held on Monday November 5, 2018 from 4-7pm at Babione Funeral Home 10060 Calle Comercio Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33428. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Jude Catholic Church 21689 Toledo Rd Boca Raton, FL 33433. Burial will follow at South Florida National Cemetery 6501 S. State Rd 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38105 or www.StJude.Org.
- Gloria Luciano, Wife
- Charles Luciano, Son
- Katy Luciano, Daughter-in-law
- John Luciano, Son
- James Luciano, Son
- Cindy Marie Luciano, Daughter-in-law
- Carolyn Luciano Labadini, Sister
- Willard Callender, Brother-in-law
- Beverly Callender, Sister-in-law
- Ben Caggiano, Brother
- Kara Vinciulla, Granddaughter
- Genna Luciano, Granddaughter
- Charlie Luciano, Grandson
- Grace Luciano, Granddaughter
- Dean Vinciulla, Great Grandson
- Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018
John A Luciano
November 25, 2018
I don't think I ever saw Papa without a smile on his face. Regardless of the circumstances, time of day, or place, he was always smiling. We, my sisters and I, would get the biggest smile out of Papa whenever we showed up to church. He loved that. He was always sitting in the same place with the same bible so happy to see us.
Papa loved Italian food, Boston sports, and family. Apart from faith at #1, these were definitely his three most loved things in the world. He loved the Red Sox and pasta and all of us grandkids more than anything else in the entire world. Miss you Papa.
November 24, 2018
Happy Birthday to you Papa! I have not stopped thinking about you since you have gone to heaven. There are so many things that remind me of you. I will never forget all our rides home from school, and how much I looked forward to your “point” to the glove box, because that’s where you kept the gum. Our walks with Hershey girl were always so special, I was always amazed at how she listened to you off her leash and would stay right next to you. You literally made the BEST EVER chicken broccoli and ziti and I’m pretty sure I am going to make a sandwich in the special sandwich maker this weekend. You and I driving in your car with the low 40’s music playing in the background Is a thought that actually relaxes me when I think of it. You taught me how to peel potatoes and that grapenut cereal was better when you put it in the microwave. Papa, I have had some of my hardest laughs with you and you will be deeply missed. I cherish our memories together, and I’m forever grateful that you are my papa. I love you ❤️
November 24, 2018
I knew John from when I grew up on Ramshead Road in Medford. I was friendly with John, father of Jack, Jimmy, and Chuck. John was a great guy and was a great role model for his 3 children. I admire the fact that he retired before retirement age and lived life to its fullest extent. John was a perfect family man and a gem. He was very friendly and devoted to his family. My deepest condolences to the family
Annmarie (Romano) Stackhouse
November 22, 2018
John was a wonderful man....I have so many happy memories of younger years at many barbecues together at Auntie Jo and Uncle Charlie’s house. John was always warm and gracious and always had a way of making you feel special when he saw you. It was evident that he loved his family. I remember in particular the bbq in Arlington when the first man walked on the moon. It was a great day. After they all moved to Florida, we didn’t see him often. But when we visited Florida, he always welcomed us with open arms and opened his home to us as well. He always made us feel welcome. He got such a kick out of listening to stories and telling stories. He is now reunited in Heaven with family and friends that have gone before him. He’s up there with my dad and I just know Auntie Jo is making meltaway cookies for him! Our deepest condolences to “Auntie” Gloria, Jackie, Jimmy and Chuck and your families. He will be missed and always remembered with a smile ❤️
Bob and Lorraine Greenidge
November 21, 2018
For the short five years that we've know John as neighbors, he was a wonderful friend and neighbor. I, Bob, recall vividly the many times he mentioned his Jimmy, Jackie and Chuckie; he had so much love for you guys. John, like me, believed in four things and lived his life that way: Family, God, Country and President Donald Trump. Over the years we had wonderful discussions. I, Lorraine, cherish the memories of John taking me to St. Jude for Mass on a couple of Sundays when Bob was away. He certainly was well known and loved at St. Jude.
He will always be in our fondest memories and in our prayers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and the family.
November 20, 2018
Johnny was just a gem. A beautiful friendly person. He married my wonderful cousin, Gloria. Always full of fun he could always guffaw over something said and the rest of us would have so much fun just being around him. Many memories of being on the beaches in Maine, Palm Beach event, and near the Florida home too. He's in a better place now and with the God he dearly loved. I shall sorely miss him and all the e-mails we used to send each other arguing politics and other unworthy discussions.
Much love to Gloria and the family at this sad time. May John rest in peace. I have learned recently just how real the departed still are always around us and John is too.
November 11, 2018
First, I would like to express my sincere appreciation of condolences and well wishes sent our way from friends and family members this week during this difficult time. The Luciano brothers were so very lucky and fortunate to have our Dad all these years. Not a moment goes by when I remember the loss our boyhood pals and family members had losing their Dad during their growing years. We will never forget them. It gives me great piece of mind and pleasure to know that Dad is reunited with so many special friends and family members as we speak. Dad we kidded you many times about being in the front row in heaven some day. We certainly know that you are there because you earned it! Thanks so much for passing on the priesthood and thanks so much for being a wonderful Dad.
November 10, 2018
There is a tradition in the Luciano family at the Thanksgiving table, we "pass the fork" and say what we are thankful for. The fork always started with Papa and he always had a long speech of what he was thankful for and he usually cried by the end, we laughed and hurried him along but the LOVE and PASSION in his words was beautiful. Papa, I'm thankful for YOU! For being a wonderful father, for raising a beautiful family and especially for raising your son Chuckie who has inherited so many of your wonderful traits. For being a wonderful husband, completely and insanely devoted to your wife Glo. Married for 64 years & still told each other every night before bed "I love you to the moon & back". For being an amazing PAPA! Babysitting our kids endlessly and loving every minute of it. Attending countless baseball & volleyball games - always available - always there for family - ALWAYS! Family was 1st for Papa, Sunday morning was for church(& he let you know he was disappointed if you weren't there)Sunday evening was for family pasta night(& he sat at the head of the table & he said the blessing, & we all listened regardless of how long and drawn out it go - & it got long & drawn out A LOT!) Holidays were for Church and family and food. Thank you Papa for teaching my children that there is nothing more important than family. When Papa passed, I called my kids to see how they were doing - Genna was on her way to church in NYC, Charlie had just walked out of church In AA, and Grace had just finished telling a complete stranger that YES she'd be more than happy to join a Catholic Ministry Group at UWMadison. Papa had a deep & beautiful & unrelenting faith and he 100% instilled this faith in my children! He demanded CCD classes and was never more proud when they each received the sacraments of communion, confession & confirmation. Thank you Papa for being the best Gpa ever & for teaching my children to have faith & love the Lord the way you do! Enjoy Heaven Papa!
November 9, 2018
So sorry to hear of Johns passing, please accept my condolences. It truly was a pleasure to see you all just a few years ago to relive memories. You can take us out of Medford, but you can’t take the Medford out of us. God Bless John and all of you.
November 9, 2018
Dear Gloria and boys, I just received the sad news about John. My memories of him are still vivid today...His smile and kindness to all who met him. I will pray for his soul and for you, Jack, Jim and Chuck. Love, Linda
November 7, 2018
I only knew your husband and Dad for a short time, but I immediately recognized how special he was. A warm, kind, loving man of God whose family was his number 1 importance! I loved seeing the pictures of him and Gloria as a young couple. Both beautiful! I know he will be sorely missed by all of you but especially, Gloria. So sad to see him leave so soon but he is in Heaven with the rest of the angels waiting for all of us. My best memory was the ride to the airport when he was returning home from visiting. Such a sweet man with great conversation. I enjoyed my little bit of time with him. Love to all and to you, Gloria, I do know how you feel and hope you can fill your heart with all the wonderful memories you and John made together. My love, Ann Sideri