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Joseph T. Coluccio Veteran
June 02, 2023


Joseph T. Coluccio, 100

Dateline: Mansfield, MA

Joseph T. Coluccio, age 100, of Mansfield, MA, died at home peacefully on June 2, 2023. Joe was born in 1922 in Albany, New York to Frank and Concetta (Lemme) Coluccio.

Joe served in World War II as an Airplane Mechanic Gunner in the Army Air Corps, 20th Bomb Squadron of the 2nd Bomb Group from 1942 until he was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Technical Sergeant. Joe was a passionate artist and took classes at the School of the Chicago Art Institute with funds provided through the “GI Bill.” Eventually Joe moved from Albany to Manhattan, where he continued to pursue art while working as a conductor on the Long Island Railroad.

After living in New York City as a bachelor for over 20 years, Joe met the love of his life, Rose, who was a daily commuter on his train. Joe and Rose raised 4 children in their home in Massapequa, New York. Joe enjoyed gardening, old time westerns, $2 bets at the racetrack, crossword puzzles, trying out new recipes, a good glass of red wine, too few trips to Florida, and playing cards and games around the dining room table with family. Joe’s dry sense of humor snuck up on many, particularly Rose, who typically couldn’t tell when he was being serious. She always wound-up laughing, though, and saying, “when will I learn?” She never did… always putting a big smile on Joe’s face.

Joe retired from the Long Island Railroad after 35 years of service. After Rose retired, they moved to Mansfield, Massachusetts, where their home remained the hub of family holidays and gatherings.

Joe was predeceased by his wife, Rose (Ryan) Coluccio, his sister Catherine Cacciola, and his brothers Paul Coluccio, Bernard Coluccio and Leonard Coluccio. Joe is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth (Leo) Ryan and Joanne Coluccio, of Mansfield, MA; sons Christopher (Lori) Reiss of Rochester, NY, and Joseph (Christine) Coluccio of West Babylon, NY; and his grandchildren, Leo Ryan of Mansfield, MA and Christine Reiss of Boston, MA.

His Funeral Mass, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be celebrated on Saturday, June 10th at 11:00 A.M. in Saint Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt Street (Route 106) Mansfield. Burial with military honors will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Mansfield.

Visitation will be held prior to the Funeral Mass on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 A.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main Street, Mansfield.

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