John J. Polucci Sr., 88, of 44 Forman St., Bradford, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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He was born on April 4, 1925, in Bradford, a son of the late Louis and Marie Conti Polucci. On Oct. 4, 1952, in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, he married Veronica A. "Bonnie" Vigliotti. After 55 years of marriage, she passed away on Jan. 13, 2007.
He was a 1943 graduate of the Bradford Area High School. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and during World War II he served in the Pacific Theatre; he also served during the occupation of Japan. He was discharged as a corporal in 1946. He was employed for 33 years at the Department of Labor & Industry. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was also the current president of the Marche Club and a member of the Lt. John C. Roche Post 212 VFW.
He is survived by five children, Mary (David) Goodman, Susan Polucci, John (Nancy) Polucci Jr., Judith Berg, Anthony "Louie" (Jeanne) Polucci; one brother, Anthony Polucci; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Montecalvo and Rose Polucci; and one brother, Albeno Polucci.
His compassion and generosity towards others was endless as was the dedication he showed towards his family and many friends. He was a prominent figure in Bradford for his entire life and was a loyal and devoted friend to the many who loved and admired him.
The family will receive friends at the St. Bernard Catholic Church on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m., at which time a Mass of Christian Burial will be held with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. Entombment and military honors will be at St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701; ChildFund International, P.O. Box 26507, Richmond, VA 23261-6507; or a
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com
Published in The Bradford Era from June 22 to June 28, 2013