Obituary of Frank F. Tucci
Frank F. Tucci, 85, of Williamsville, passed away Tuesday July 28, 2020.
Mr. Tucci was born on April 20, 1935, in Buffalo, to the late Victor & Rae Tucci. After graduating from Grover Cleveland High School in 1955, he attended ECC and earned a degree in Optical Technology. In 1960, instead of going into the optical field he joined the Buffalo Police Department where he worked his way up from patrolman, to desk lieutenant, and then detective in charge of a two man cartography department in headquarters. He was a sharp shooter, a member of the Buffalo Police Dept. pistol team and one year he and his fellow teammates won the four man relay during the Police Olympics. He retired in 1995 after 35 years on the force. All during this time he continued going to school and earned three more degrees between 1974 –1989, Bachelor of Science, Architectural Drawing and Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) He also retired with an Honorary discharge from the US Army Reserves after 28 years of service. After retirement he attended UB to study his new passion, Anthropology.
Mr. Tucci was an accomplished artist with many of his pen and ink drawings being published, of military buttons and medals from the research digs he took part in at Old Fort Niagara. Around the same time he was commissioned by UB Anthropology professor Dr. Warren Barbour to build a (metric scale) model of an ancient Mayan Temple that was sent to San Francisco and featured in the 1990 International Anthropological Conference. It has since been donated to and is on display at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
He loved spending time with his many friends. He also enjoyed reading, making wine, fishing, and he loved his music, from opera to jazz. He won many awards as a body builder enthusiast in his younger years which brought him to his love of Taekwondo in his mid 70’s. Being the oldest student in his class, he was trilled to earn five belts but was cut short of the black belt due to balance issues. Anything he took an interest in he did to the fullest.
But he would tell everyone that two of his greatest achievements during his lifetime was seeing his two children graduate from UB Dental School and The New England School of Optometry. His daughter is a Dentist and his son is an Optometrist.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann (nee Tascarella); his two children Arlette and Darren; dear brother of the late Rose and Julie Tucci. Interment to be held privately. His family is planning a Memorial Mass in celebration of his life for family and friends. It will be held sometime in October at St. Gregory Catholic Church, Maple Road. If desired donations may be made in Frank's name to Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements by JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME.