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George Joseph Gioiella, Jr.

September 1, 1946 – October 13, 2021

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George Joseph Gioiella, Jr.

George Joseph Gioiella, Jr. of Williamston, North Carolina, formerly of Greene and Columbia Counties passed peacefully on October 13, 2021.

Born September 1, 1946 to George Joseph Sr. and Florence (Petilli) Gioiella he was raised in the Bronx . A self- taught, talented musician George often travelled in his later teen years to the Hunter Mountain area where he would perform at various resorts and clubs. He continued to perform well into his late sixties.

After graduating Cardinal Hayes Highschool, George served in the United States Army and was a proud United States Veteran.

An accomplished chef, George went on to move to upstate New York and opened his first restaurant, “Gioiella’s” Haines Falls, NY in 1973.

In 1980, George opened “Bucci’s” on Warren Street in Hudson which became a well known and highly popular lunch and dinner establishment often frequented by celebrities, New York Times food critics, always with great reviews, and many Greene and Columbia County residents. He went on to teach at the Culinary Institute and was sough after by many for his “key locked recipes”.

George was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He enjoyed many hunting excursions with his dear friend the late George “Doc” Moront. Together George and “Doc” were a force to be reckoned with.

George was a devout Catholic often spending time in prayer and retreat at St. Joseph’s Abby in Massachusetts and in his later years in North Carolina was a communicant of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was predeceased by his father George Sr., mother Florence, and brother Michael John Gioiella by his thirtieth birthday.

He is survived by three children Michael John Gioiella of Texas, Francesca (Marc) Daisernia of Catskill, NY, and Loretta Gioiella of Sea Cliff, NY, two grandsons Gabrielle and Andrew, dear and loving friends Robert and Gabriele DiTota of Melbourn, Florida and Ms. Frances Banks of Louisburg, NC, as well as many friends from “the old neighborhood” he was in constant contact with.

To know George was to know his life was…. “A Bronx Tale”.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Vintage Inn and Community Hospice of Williamston, NC.

Per his wishes, there will be no formal services. A memorial service will be conducted at the family’s discretion.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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So sorry for your loss, I had the privilege of working for George in the early 80s. At the end of every night he would cook a dinner for all the staff. I was young and he was a great mentor. God Bless.

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