Peter Bucci
1932 - 2020
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1932 - 2020 Peter Bucci passed away June 4th in Cardiff by the Sea, California. Peter was a businessman and commercial tuna fishing and tuna farming pioneer. He was born in Komiza, a village in what is now Croatia. He immigrated with his family to San Pedro in 1949. He met the love of his life, Marian, and they married in 1956. Pete and Marian began their married life while he served in the US Army. Following his discharge in 1957, they moved with their two young children, Giacomo and Mary, to Peru and then to Chile. He captained tuna seiners for various companies including Star Kist. While in Chile, their third child Giuseppe was born. Because of political unrest in Chile, Pete returned with his family to San Pedro during the mid 1960s. He purchased and operated two liquor stores for ten years. In the 1970s, Pete returned to the fishing industry and began the second chapter of his global adventures. Pete worked in Australia and captained the tuna seiner Boston Bay in Eden and Port Lincoln. As the tuna industry evolved, Pete became a consultant in the design and construction of tuna pens, traveling internationally to many locations including Indonesia, Malta and Libya. Throughout his life, Pete was devoted to Marian and together they shared their many adventures. Their happiest moments were their annual summer trips to the family home in Komiza where they would reunite with friends and relatives. Peter is survived by his loving family: Son Giacomo Bucci (Lori Pivo), daughter Mary Helfrich (Scott Helfrich), son Giuseppe Bucci (Terry Bucci), granddaughters Christina Bucci Hamilton, Danielle Volen, Katherine Bucci and Rachael Helfrich, grandsons Peter Bucci, Adam Bucci and Andrew Helfrich, sisters Lucy Holmes and Marian Bassett. Funeral services are private in light of the current pandemic. Green Hills Memorial Park

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Published in Daily Breeze on Jun. 14, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of your passing on Peter I remember well the years we worked together on the fishing vessel Boston Bay. The lessons I learned from you I have carried with me throughout my career at sea. Its been good the last couple of years to reconnect through Facebook and share a bit of history. I hope you find calm seas and good fishing, rest now.
My deepest condolences to Joe and the rest of Peters family.
Brett Simunov
June 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
Pete and Marian were treasured neighbors .
Toni Remington
June 15, 2020
My love and sympathy go out to our Bucci cousins. When I married my late husband, Pete Manghera, in 1950 your family welcomed me with open arms. Pjerin and Marian were always kind and generous. Our children grew up together and we always enjoyed our family visits. You will be missed.
Virginia Manghera and Family
June 14, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire family. I know how fond my dad was of Pete and Marian. May he Rest In Peace.
Frank Canetti, Jr.
June 14, 2020
Pete was the nicest neighbor and an absolute joy to converse with.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Carlos & Donna Trevino
June 14, 2020
Much sorrow at the loss of my dear cousin. Many memories from childhood to adulthood. He was always such a happy person. We were lucky to share time in Komiza and San Pedro. He is now with his beloved Marian. With love Anthony and Tillie Misetich
Tillie Misetich
June 14, 2020
To Jack & Family, so sorry for your loss. Recollecting the kindnesses
of you parents. Whenever I bumped into Pete I knew I would receive
an enthusiastic hello and a hearty hug. Randy Robinson
Randy Robinson
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