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Samuel Joseph Lococo, 96, fondly called Poppy by his family, who was originally from Northampton, MA and was a resident at The Holyoke Soldiers Home, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4 days before his 97th birthday.

Born in Northampton on April 20, 1923, Sam was the son of August Lococo and Michaela (Dinovo) Lococo. He was the second youngest of 8 children. He graduated St. Michael's High School serving as class president for all four years and was a member of the winning basketball team. He graduated from Northampton Commercial College. He worked for Fleury Lumber as a bookkeeper and Probrush in Florence before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served in the South Pacific as a radio operator. His ship received 8 battle stars for service. All 6 of the Lococo brothers served during WWII simultaneously in different branches. Sam worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a well-loved mail carrier and later vehicle operations manager. He held several odd jobs including maintenance at the Medical Center on Elm Street. He was involved in youth sports as coach, referee and umpire. Sam was a Communicant at The Blessed Sacrament Church. He was a lifetime member of The American Legion and NARFE. He enjoyed college sports, ballroom dancing, growing and sharing food from his garden and playing silly made up games with his grandchildren. Poppy always put his family's needs above his own.

Sam is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Doris (Halloran) Lococo. He is survived by his 2 daughters Alyce DeLuco (Richard Burgieliewicz), Mary Ellen Reed (Scott) of Easthampton and a son Paul Lococo of Connecticut as well as his adoring grandchildren, Heather Parker (Timothy), Jennifer Lucine (Garine Roubinian), Kristen DeLuco (Timothy Paciorek), Brett Reed (Ashlee), Jillian Niedswecki (Patrick) Rian Torrance (Cristina) and 10 greatgrandchildren. His family imagines him finally having that long awaited dance with his wife, Doris. "Sleep Loose Poppy."

Sam's family is eternally grateful for the love and care he received over the years he was at the Soldiers Home and are especially grateful for his end of life caregivers who had to go above and beyond in these most extreme circumstances. You are truly angels!

Memorial Contributions can be made to Friends of The Soldiers Home, P.O. Box 1338 Holyoke, MA 01041 or to The Honor Flight New England, at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a future date. CZELUSNIAK FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 23, 2020.
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April 27, 2020
Alice, Maryellen, Paul..So sorry to hear about your Dad. I have wonderful memories of us all being on the Cape during the summer and especially the epic card games at our home with the Gene Defilippos, the Dick Fennesseys, my Uncle Jim and Aunt Ev Natale and the Dominic Trias.. I know your families have great memories also. RIP Sammy xo
Diane Natale
April 24, 2020
Thanks for the memories Godfather.
April 24, 2020
Sam was a wonderful, kind gentleman. He was part of the after morning Mass coffee group at McDonalds. May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed.
Barbara Neslim
April 24, 2020
Met Sam years ago while engaged in cleaning contract for power-washing postal vehicles at the Northampton post office. Sam was a kind, gentle man, and always treated our cleaning crew with the utmost respect. I've met Sam in different instances over the years, and he always remembered me, and would always greet me with a warm handshake and a smile. He was a true gentleman. Rest in peace, Sam.
William Belisle
April 23, 2020
My most sincere condolences Alyce, MaryEllen, Paul and family on losing your dad. It was a joy and pleasure and honor in helping " Sam " when I was working on 2-West prior to my retirement in 2015. There were many a days we would sit and talk and he would reminisce on his days as a mail man . He would take great pride in showing me his departed wife's picture, truly a beautiful lady. Also love and appreciation for his kids. Sam seemed to adapt to the Soldiers' Home and his fellow veterans and in return made it a joy to be in his company. May God rest his soul and may his reunion with his lovely wife be of great happiness and eternal peace.
Patrick Ott
April 23, 2020
I am sorry for your loss. Sam was a great man. I enjoyed talking with him when I saw him. Love and prayers.
Terry Carr
April 23, 2020
My condolences to the family of Sammy. I have such fond memories of this sweet man. He and my father Frank were such good buddies and made us laugh a lot. I remember him stopping by our house and telling great stories. I know they are having the biggest party in heaven celebrating a life well lived.
Pamela Netto-Tudryn
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