GREENFIELD - Louis P. Bresciano, Jr., 71, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at home.
He was born July 30, 1942, in Montague, the son of Louis P. and Irene (Chmielewska) Bresciano, Sr. Louis attended local schools in Greenfield, and was a graduate of Greenfield High School.
Louis enjoyed painting, vacationing in Cape Cod and Disney World with his family, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid Patriots fan and a master sandcastle builder. He enjoyed golf and taking pictures. He could make anyone laugh within minutes. He was a proud father and grandfather who reveled in all his family's accomplishments.
In his early years, he was known in the family and the neighborhood as the "next priest". In high school, he played football his junior and senior years and was also a call firefighter
. Once he had children, he became active in youth sports. He was a coach, umpire and president of the Greenfield Minor League.
He worked in the food service industry, including Coca-Cola, Trico and the Greenfield Elks for 35 years and then founded B.F.S. (Bresciano Food Services) in 1990, which was operated out of the Country Club of Greenfield for the next 22 years, until his retirement in 2012. During this time he also opened the Cookie Factory in Greenfield, which is still in operation today.
Among his survivors, Louis leaves two sons, Thomas and his wife Jennifer of Greenfield, and A.J. and his wife Kathy of Turners Falls; a daughter, Julie Maloney and her husband Dan of Greenfield; a brother, Peter Bresciano and his wife Barbara of Portsmouth, N.H.; his grandchildren Emily, Audrey, Nicholas, Calista and Nia; his companion Janice Bartlett of Easthampton, her daughter Lisa Nuttelman and her children Nicholas, Lindsay and Brandon O'Donnell; his former wife Judy Bresciano of Greenfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Louis was predeceased by his two brothers, Alfred and James Bresciano.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, at 9:15 a.m. from the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., Greenfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church with Monsignor Ronald G. Yargeau officiating. Burial will follow at Mater Dolorosa Cemetery in Greenfield.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the NephCure Foundation, 15 Waterloo Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312.
Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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