EASTHAMPTON – Thomas "Tom" James Lucchesi, Sr., 80, formerly of Overlook Drive and Paradise Drive in Easthampton, died suddenly Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, after taking ill at his home.
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Tom, along with his twin brother James Thomas Lucchesi, was born June 15, 1933, in Northampton, the sons of John L. and Mary (Rigali) Lucchesi, Sr.
He was raised in Easthampton and was educated in public elementary schools, then continued his education at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton graduating with the class of 1951.
In March of 1952, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and was a Korean War veteran and served as an Engineman 3rd Class aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Forrest Royal.
Upon Tom's return to the states from military duty, he went to work as a chef at the former family business known as LUCCHESI'S Restaurant on Cottage Street, before taking over ownership and continued until his own retirement in the late 80's. He worked for the National Felt Company for a few years before he and his wife Dale retired to Panama City Beach, Fls., for 18 years.
While in Florida, Tom did not stop working, he worked for many years at Skull Island Mini Golf, before returning back to Easthampton in 2011. Tom enjoyed being a ham radio operator, a long time Easthampton Little League Team sponsor, playing golf, walking his dogs, playing and watching sports and he truly was a devoted New England sports fan.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dale Eileen (Perrea) Lucchesi; two sons, David H. Lucchesi and his wife Eva-Maye and Thomas James Lucchesi, Jr.; and one daughter, Suzanne "Suzie" Mumblow and her husband Phillip, all of Easthampton; six grandchildren, David Lucchesi, Andrew Lucchesi, Kyle Lucchesi, Samantha Perreault, Angelina Tudryn, Casey Mumblow; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Trinity; and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his parents and three brothers; John L. Lucchesi Jr. Mario Lucchesi and his twin, James Thomas Lucchesi.
A funeral for Tom is scheduled with military honors Friday June, 28, at 9:15 a.m. from the Graham Funeral Home, 18 Adams St., Easthampton, who has been entrusted with providing for Tom's care and services, with a liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, burial will be at Saint Brigids Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations are requested to Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, 171 Union St., Springfield, MA. 01105.
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Graham Funeral Home
18 Adams Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 27, 2013