Anthony “Tony” M. Bucci, son of Dominic and Alice (Smith) Bucci, born on February 18, 1938 passed away peacefully with his family by his side, February 12, 2021 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Judith Ann DiCintio.
In addition to his beloved wife, Judy, he is survived by his sister Elena “Buffy” (Bucci) Burdick of Mechanicville, his sons A. Michael Bucci and his wife, Dawn (Sherman) Bucci of Greenport, Robert J. Bucci and his husband, Chris Boneau of New York, New York, grandsons Anthony M. Bucci III and his wife, Kimberly (Daigle) Bucci of Los Angeles, California, Dominic J. Bucci and his wife Elizabeth (Kading) Bucci and their daughter, Elliana Elizabeth Bucci of Greenport, Kristofer J. Bucci of Ghent, and many nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Born and raised in Hudson, he grew up in the family restaurant, Bucci’s LaBella Napoli on Warren Street.
He attended the Hudson City School District and graduated in 1956.
Tony was active in football, baseball and basketball and was voted Most Popular in his class.
Among his fondest memories as a child were summers spent fishing with his family at their cottage on Lake Taghkanic.
He was drafted into the Army in 1956 and served in the National Guard until 1958.
He began a long and a distinguished career at IBM in 1958 until his celebrated retirement as a Purchasing Manager in 1994.
After his time at IBM, he enjoyed bartending at local bars and restaurants. He was the “bartender’s bartender” making people smile with a joke or a funny story.
He served as volunteer fireman for 50 plus years in Hudson, was a very active Lifetime Member of the Elk’s Club, and spent summers coaching Little League baseball in Hudson.
A devoted family man, his pride was boundless for his sons Michael and Robert’s sporting and performing activities. His proudest moments came as Michael and Robert grew into adulthood and excelled as a prestigious local CPA and a New York marketing executive.
His passion in retirement was to follow his grandsons Dominic and Kristofer’s sporting events and Tony’s many musical and theatrical activities.
Affectionately known to his friends and family as “Chooch”, Tony had an uncanny ability to name the singer or the song in just a few notes.
His laughter was profound, his smile was contagious and his friendships were lifelong.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday February 15, 2021 from Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Sons & Daughters of Italy or another charity of your choice.
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