Gerald A. Grucci, Jr.May 16, 2017
West Springfield -Gerald Anthony Grucci, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 16th at home, surrounded by family, at the age of 75. He was born on August 12,1941 in Springfield, MA. "Jerry" was the eldest of three children of the late Gerald and Helen (Shea) Grucci. Jerry lived in West Springfield all of his life; attending St. Thomas School, Cathedral High School and the Northampton School of Business where he earned a business degree. He was a hard worker often holding three jobs at a time. In his younger years he sold newspapers after Sunday mass, umpired town baseball games and worked at Vincent's Steakhouse and the Steak Club. Jerry made his living in dental sales; a career that spanned over 40 years. Jerry was a communicant of St. Thomas Church in West Springfield. In 2009 after suffering a debilitating stroke Jerry was forced to retire from the career that he loved. He enjoyed working in sales and his accounts trusted and depended on him. He was well respected and liked by all. Jerry served on the Board of Appeals in West Springfield. He was an avid collector, especially of Coca-Cola memorabilia, Disney collectibles and Hard Rock Cafe pins. He enjoyed spending his free time at flea markets trying to add to his many collections. One of his greatest pleasures was to visit Disney World every year. Jerry was also a big Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was a loving husband to his wife Louise of 48 years, and a devoted father to his three daughters. He is survived by his loving wife and devoted caretaker, Louise (Gallant) Grucci, his three daughters, Dr. Karen Brown and her husband David of Asheville, NC, Kellee Grucci and her partner Bryan Cote of Feeding Hills, and Kimberly Bull and her husband Brian of Agawam. He will be sorely missed by his five grandchildren, Connor and Jillian Brown, Abby and Nick Potito and Luke Cote. He also leaves a brother, Thomas Grucci and his wife Gayle of Naples, FL and a sister Mary Ann Bishop and her husband, Neil of Naples, FL. We would like to thank Dr. Walter Gazda for taking Jerry to many movies and keeping him company during most Patriots games, Mary Ann for her weekly visits, and the late Dr. Fred Conlin for his many appearances with a chocolate milkshake for Jerry over the past eight years. We would especially like to thank Dr. James (Maz) Maslowski for providing a social life for Jerry by scheduling get togethers with "The Kojak Club" which Jerry looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed. Jerry’s Funeral will be 9AM Tuesday from the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., W. Spfld., followed by a 10AM Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Thomas Church, 47 Pine St. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.