Richard Bucco

December 27, 1927February 3, 2014

Richard (Homer) Bucco of Bloomfield passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014 in the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He was 86 years old

Services will be conducted from the LaMonica Memorial Home 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. Livingston on Friday, February 7, at 8:30 am am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield at 10 am. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visitation is Thursday from 3-8 pm.

Homer was a carpenter with the Carpenters’ Union 1352 for over 40 years retiring in 1988. He was also a prolific contributor to the Op-Ed page of the NY Post.

He was an Army Veteran of WWII and spent 19 years with the Bloomfield Babe Ruth League where he served as President.

He was predeceased by his parents Ann and Frank Bucco, and siblings Frank, Josephine, Alice, Robert, Michael, and Rozmand.

He was the beloved wife of 59 years of Mildred (nee Averna), loving father of Brenda Loucka and her husband John, and Katherine Tomasso and her husband Dan, dear brother of Bernard Bucco and his wife Loretta, and Alba Smith, and brother in law of Genevieve and Florence Bucco, Florence and Joseph Mariani, Rosalie and Gus Louzeiro, Sandra Averna, and Edward Powers. He was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers contributions will be accepted to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.


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April 22, 2014

Much love and hugs to my wonderful family, may god keep you all close!!!! Love Janice and family xoxoxo

February 7, 2014

Dear John and Brenda:

We deeply feel the loss you have suffered by loosing a loving father. We pray to God that he will gain eternal peace and be with the almighty.

Suru and Mrudula Shukla

February 7, 2014

He was a wonderful uncle who was not only a great athlete and played professional baseball in the Phillies Organization but he also made prodigious contributions to the youth of Bloomfield via his exceptional dedication as the President of the Babe Ruth Baseball League 19 years despite not having a child in the program. Another aspect of Uncle Homer's life that stands out was his writings which included numerous op-ed publications and an unpublished book he wrote about himself and his families life. He was a truly exceptional man.
Roger Tesi

Tony Petacciato

February 7, 2014

Please accept My Heartfelt and sincere condolences on the passing of "Uncle Homer" he was one in a million
I do believe He was met at Heavens Gate by all of the Bucco's that were awaiting his arrival
He's in a far better place with no pain or sorrow AND he's definitely watching over his Loved ones ....Tony

Charles Bruns

February 6, 2014

I was always grateful for the patience and kindness Mr. Bucco showed me when I was on his Babe Ruth League baseball team. He taught me much about how to play and enjoy the game. I'm glad my younger brother also got to play for him.
I hope Mr. Bucco's family finds comfort knowing how positively he touched the lives of so many of the people who got to know him over the years.

Michael Tesi

February 6, 2014

Uncle Homer, I'll always remember you living next door to us at Nanna's house when we where kids. We where one big family in two houses. Sundays where especially fun with most of your brothers and sisters being there. What fantastic meals we used to have with them and our cousins. It was a great way to grow up having family so close. Thank you for being there and helping us when needed.
You are blessed,

Joseph Tesi

February 6, 2014

Uncle Homer: The one who saved me from a raging brush fire when I was five years old. Hearing our pleas for help, Uncle Homer came running without hesitation, jumped over the four foot high flames that had surrounded me and carried me out to safety like a sack of flour! The one who played ball with us kids and one day hit a ball so far that it went out of Reinheimer Park, over the back yards and landed on the roof of a house halfway down the block! The uncle who so generously got me a summer job with his company when I was in high school and taught me a few things about working hard and growing up! He was the one who would have a tear in his eye when he listened to beautiful music. The uncle who volunteered his time in the Babe Ruth league not only to teach kids about baseball, but also about life. The one who wrote a book that chronicled the experience of what it was like growing up in a first generation Italian/American family in Newark. Yes, and the one who enjoyed writing all those newspaper articles, but seemed to delight even more when you responded with your own comments to him.
Thanks Uncle Homer, not only for possibly saving my life, but for enriching it with wonderful memories!
Your nephew, Joseph

Gerald Guardabasco

February 6, 2014

Mr.Bucco you meant a lot to the youth of Bloomfield. You gave your time and knowledge to us and taught us more than just baseball. You taught us about life and how to treat people with respect and to play sports with respect and sportsmanship. I remember you and my Dad being down North Junior High getting the fields ready for us to play on every night. When my Dad passed away you wrote a beautiful tribute letter in the Bloomfield Life wich I still have and read from time to time. I want to thank you for all you've done for the youth of Bloomfield and for my family. When I think of my youth and growing up in Bloomfield and playing Babe Ruth Baseball you will always be in my thoughts. Condolences to your Wife and family both near and far from the Guardabasco family and the Bloomfield National Babe Ruth family.

Robert Hamilton

February 6, 2014

Fare well Mr Bucco, will always remember you at the Babe Ruth games and your letters to the editors in the Newspapers.

Janice Averna-Davis

February 6, 2014

Uncle Homer, I will forever miss you emailing me your stories to the Ny Post and sending me your loving responses because I loved them so much!!! Rest in peace, we will always carry you in our hearts. Always and forever your niece Janice and family. xoxoxo