Pat Ferrucci AmsterdamPat Ferrucci, 96, of Bulls Head Road died Sunday, October 27 at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam after a long and remarkable life. His parents, Vincent and Lena Grandone Ferrucci, emigrated from Bari, Italy and came through Ellis Island in 1913. Pat was born August 21, 1917 in N.Y.C., the second of six siblings. He had one older brother, (Nick), one younger brother, (Fred) and three sisters, (Connie, Grace and Rose). His only surviving sibling is his sister, Rose Ferrucci of Montclair, NJ. Pat's family moved to New Jersey when he was one year old. Montclair, NJ became Pat's hometown where he graduated from Montclair High SchooI and then Montclair State Teacher's College earning a bachelor's and master's in education. While at Montclair State he met Tullia Eugenia DeRogatis, who would become his wife. Pat began his teaching career as a social studies teacher at Glenfield Junior High in Montclair in 1941. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 and married Tullia prior to going overseas where he was in combat for three years in North Africa and Italy. While serving his country, he rose through the ranks including a battlefield promotion to lieutenant. Pat was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart with clusters, and the Bronze Star for bravery. Upon his discharge from the Army, Pat resumed his career in education, returning to teach at Glenfield Junior High and then later as its assistant principle. He also attended night school at Columbia University in N.Y.C. where he earned two master's degrees and a professional diploma in education which represented significant study beyond a master's degree. He became principal of Rand Elementary School in Montclair in 1957. During the next 17 years, he was principal for seven other Montclair schools. Prior to retiring in 1979, Pat was assistant superintendent of Montclair schools for five years. Pat and Tullia beciame parents in 1951 with the birth of their son, Jeffrey and again in 1952 when a daughter, Lola Jean was born. Lola Jean was severely handicapped and died at the age of nine. Jeffrey became an engineer and then engineering manager until his retirement in 2011. In 1980 Pat and Tullia moved to Amsterdam, NY where they lived in a two family house with their son, Jeffrey and his wife, Linda. Pat was president of the Amsterdam chapter of the Sons of Italy, Lodge 2548, a member of the Amsterdam South Side Veterans and he remained a member of the American Legion Lt. Vincent J. Russo Post No. 382 in New Jersey. He also enjoyed being a substitute teacher for Amsterdam City Schools until 1995. Pat and Tullia enjoyed taking annual trips to Europe to ski for many years where they developed friendships with a number of families in Italy, Austria, Germany and Holland. They also hosted dozens of their European friends and their children. A special joy for Pat and Tullia was being deeply involved in the upbringing of their grandchildren, Jessica and Lisa. Pat and Tullia were married for 53 years until her death in 1997. After her death, he continued to stay active playing golf, gardening, skiing, and vacationing with his family. Pat is survived by his son, Jeffrey and his wife, Linda of Amsterdam, NY; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Lisa; along with a number of nieces and nephews. The wake and funeral will be in Livingston, NJ. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Attn: Contributions, One Intrepid Square, W. 46th Street & 12th Ave., New York, NY 10036. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured and their families with financial support, rehabilitation services and treatment for traumatic injury.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 31, 2013