CHICOPEE– Ercole “Eric” Cucchi, 96, died peacefully on August 28, 2020 at River Mills Assisted Living at Chicopee Falls, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Claire (née Lemelin) Cucchi; son, William E. Cucchi of Killingly, CT; a sister Lilly Batista of Ludlow MA; sister-in-law Lillian Bigda of Chicopee MA; three grandchildren Eric W. Cucchi of Dudley, MA; Marc T. Cucchi of Danielson, CT and Krista E. Luchette of Dorchester, MA; four great-grandchildren, Hunter, Charlie, Henry, and Finn; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his daughter Carol A. Luchette of Mansfield, MA, daughter-in-law Nancy D. Cucchi of Killingly, CT. and his two sisters; Mary Turney of Oxnard, CA and Eva Collina of Springfield, MA.
He was born in Springfield, son of the late Adriano and Adimera (née Ciaschini) Cucchi and lived in Chicopee for over 60 years. He graduated from Commerce High School in 1942.
Mr. Cucchi worked at Swift Company as a traveling salesman for many years before retiring in 1989. He was an avid lover of both playing and watching sports. In his youth he played football, baseball and basketball. Later in life he became a fierce competitor in tennis and racquetball playing well into this late 80s against challengers half his age. He would play racquetball competitively several times a week at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks in Chicopee MA (Lodge 1849), where he was a lifelong member. When he wasn’t playing sports, he was watching them, he was a dedicated fan to Norte Dame Football. Above all else he loved spending time with his best friend and wife, Claire. In their youth they loved to dance together, and he would draw her pictures and write her songs. They were inseparable from the moment they met.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the nurses and staff that work at the River Mills Assisted Living at Chicopee Falls and to Ascend Hospice. Eric’s family will be eternally indebted to the tireless, compassionate, and professional care they all provided him.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Tylunas Funeral Home, 159 Broadway St., Chicopee, followed by a Religious Service at the Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Interment of his ashes will immediately follow the service in St. Rose Cemetery, 49 Olsen St., Aldenville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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