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Nello A. Luccini Sr.

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Nello A. Luccini Sr., 96, a lifelong Franklin resident, and the oldest resident on Cottage Street, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Franklin Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a long period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Josephine (Martello) Luccini for more than 70 years. Born in Franklin, June 23, 1914, a son of the late Louis and Stella (Bassignani) Luccini, he was raised and educated in Franklin, and retired from Benny's Oil Co. in Franklin, where he had worked for more than 50 years. In his younger days, Mr. Luccini was a standout athlete. He excelled in baseball, and was a pitcher with the Clar-Macs and then Benny's Oilers. Known as "Iron Man," he played semipro baseball and traveled around the country. He was also one of the original founding fathers of the Franklin Little League program. A lifelong Red Sox fan, he also enjoyed spending time with his family, his garden, fishing and hockey. He was a lifetime communicant of St. Mary's Church. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Nello Luccini Jr. and his wife, Susan (Swenson) Luccini, of Franklin, Robert Luccini of Franklin; his daughter-in-law, Katherine (Kinsella) Luccini of Franklin; six grandchildren, Michael and Lisa (Ronca) Luccini, Brian and Kim (Burchard) Luccini, Cheryl and Beth Luccini, Derek and Chrissy (Stockberger) Luccini, and Denise Luccini; nine great-grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Christina, Molly, Noah and Alex Luccini, Marissa, Bethy and Christopher Palladini; a niece, Stella Frascotti; and a nephew, Louis Frascotti and his wife, Rachela. He was the father of L. Gary Luccini, who died in 2001, and the brother of the late Rheta Frascotti. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 9:15 a.m., at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home (www.oterifuneralhome. com), 33 Cottage St., with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Church. Interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Donations in his memory sent to Friends of Franklin Elders, 10 Daniel McCahill St., Franklin, MA 02038, would be appreciated.

Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2011
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