John Peter Rucci, 88, of Enfield, formerly of the south end of Hartford, husband of Jane (Costardo) Rucci, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at The Suffield House in Suffield.
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Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Antonio and Maria Pasqualina (Parente) Rucci and lived in Enfield for more than 30 years. He was employed as a police officer and detective for the Hartford Police Department for 37 years retiring in 1994. John was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Sons of Italy, served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Police Federal Credit Union and was a parishioner of Holy Family Church in Enfield.
Besides his wife, Jane, the love of his life and best friend of 68 years, John leaves his five children, Mary Anne Kelly of East Hartford, Patricia Pelletier, and her husband, Robert, of Wethersfield, Theresa "Terry" Devito, and her husband, Thomas, of Enfield, John Rucci, and his wife, Marianne, of Madison, and David Rucci, and his wife, Shari, of Gig Harbor, Washington; a brother, Biagio Rucci of Glastonbury; a sister, Philomena "Dolly" Raimondi, and her husband, Valentino "Andy" Raimondi, of Hartford. John also leaves 17 cherished grandchildren and seven loving great-grandchildren, as well as four special nieces. Toby, John's German shepherd and constant companion, will greatly miss him. John was predeceased by his infant son, Anthony.
The funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 56 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield, with military honors.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, June 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield.
Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the Hartford Police Patrolman's Benevolent Association, P.O. Box 4441, Hartford, CT 06147.
For online expressions of sympathy please visit
D'Esopo Funeral Chapel
277 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Published in Journal Inquirer from June 2 to June 6, 2014