Joseph Tuccio ’40

Joseph Tuccio ’40 died on July 31, 2008, in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The oldest of five children, he was born on May 17, 1017, in Campo, Calabria. He and his family immigrated to Bedford Hills, N.Y., when he was 13. After graduating from Bowdoin, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1940, he earned a master’s degree in English from Columbia University. He worked a wide variety of jobs before he began his own insurance agency in 1952. He moved to Lookout Point in Ridgefield in 1961, and he ran his insurance agency in Port Chester, N.Y., for 50 years. A poet, he published more than 10 books of poetry and was a consistent contributor to The Ridgefield Press and other newspapers and magazines. In addition to English, he spoke Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, and could read Latin and Greek. He was predeceased by his wife Rita (Stazi), whom he married in 1954, and he is survived by his children, George, Joe, Bill, and Susy; a brother, Arthur, of Ridgefield; and eight grandchildren.