Emmett P. "Sonny" Geraci

November 22, 1946February 5, 2017
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EMMETT P. “Sonny” GERACI, age 70. Beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee Marchiore), dearest father of Camille (Joshua Gramse), Justin, Brianne Leonetti (Michael), Matthew and Marc; loving son of the late Emmett and Rose (nee Teresi); dear brother of Carolyn Masseria (Louis) and Michael Geraci; son-in-law of James and Mary Lou Marchiore; brother-in-law of Michelle Perrotti (Randy), Debbie Marchiore, Annette Barbarbotta, and Diane Marchiore; loving uncle of many. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation 3636 Castro Valley Blvd, Suite 3 Castro Valley, CA 94546. Funeral service 11 am Friday February 10 at Parkside Church 7100 Pettibone Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment Knollwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at THE DiCICCO AND SONS FUENRAL HOME 5975 MAYFIELD RD. MAYFIELD HTS.,(at Lander Rd.) THURSDAY 2 TO 8 PM. Online condolences and guest registry


  • Visitation Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Interment Friday, February 10, 2017

Emmett P. "Sonny" Geraci

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Tom Providenti

February 21, 2018

Of all the great Cleveland singers of yesteryear , Bocky,Jeff Gould,Tony Leotta,Joey Porello,Buddy Maver,etc..,all great singers with great bands,Sonny was the best,and a class act all the way around.We we're blessed to be surrounded by such talent.R.I.P.

February 12, 2018

Loved his music. RIP, Sonny.

Dan Knoll

February 9, 2018

Great music, great person ! RIP!

Carol Flannick (Goan)

February 6, 2018

Dear Michael and the entire Geraci family, as you approach the anniversary of Sonny's passing, please know that we still and will always remember him and the music that he created........and the memories, oh, the memories.
Carol Goan
Rastus fan and Mike Geraci friend

Natalie Hawaii

February 4, 2018


Steve Dill

November 13, 2017

I played guitar in a Kettering, OH band in the late 60s called The Vondells. We opened at the Kettering Skating Rink for The Outsiders, and I had the pleasure to meet Sonny and Tom King backstage. He was a true gentleman!

As a note of nostalgia, Tom had trouble with his amplifier that night, and ended up playing through my Super Reverb amp! I still have that 1965 amp to this day! How time flies! May both Sonny and Tom RIP.

Brian Patrick Clarke

August 30, 2017

Not sure what this, Sonny Geraci's death, had escaped my notice, but even belatedly I want to say to his family that I am incredibly saddened. As a Clevelander who moved to the city in January of 1968 when I was a sophomore in high school, I took great pride in having become a resident of the city from which The Outsiders hailed. His voice was unforgettable, and his imprint on so many of us will remain intact. RIP, Sonny, and thank you for the wonderful memories

Larry Willis

August 29, 2017

I met Sonny at a concert in Jackson, Tennessee in 2005. He was super nice and signed an autograph for me. He was kind enough to take a picture of my friend Johnny Tillotson and I. Sonny put on a great show and I will never forget his great voice and his kindness. I wish his family the best! God Bless! Larry Willis

Michael H

August 13, 2017

My wife and I went to Festa Italiana in Milwaukee around 15 years ago intending to see Frankie Avalon. Sonny was opening that night and he was just phenomenal. We never missed him after that whenever he came back. Just a wonderful performer and marvelous talent. He holds a special place in our hearts because of the great memories he provided us. May he rest in peace.

Jean Zell Garfield

July 29, 2017

My deepest sympathy to the family. I knew Sonny from the neighborhood in Cleveland and drag raced him in his 54 blue Ford down Harvard Ave while I was flying in my mother's 60 Dodge 383. He won! We were all so proud of him, because he "MADE IT." Time Won't Let Me was as awesome then as it still is now! Thanks for the music that still touch us. Jean Zell Garfield