The Edmonton Stamp Club posted the following tribute on Facebook to late member and long-time dealer John Bucci, who the organization called a husband, father, grandfather, athlete coach and friend to many in Alberta and beyond.
It is with great sadness that we announce, John Lewis Bucci of Edmonton, Alta., died from cancer on March 31 at 74 years old.
On Aug. 1, 1948, John was born to Paul & Stella Bucci in Calgary, Alberta. As a boy, John spent his free time learning Guitar, hunting, fishing, and playing baseball, Golf, Basketball, and of course, Hockey. John’s drive, determination and love for sports catapulted him to a Hockey scholarship at Northern Arizona University.
At 19, John met the love of his life, Simone; they Married in 1973 and moved to Arizona, where he achieved an undergraduate degree in Recreation Administration in 1975; then graduated with a Master of Science in Recreation Administration in 1976, landing him a career with the City of Edmonton.
In Edmonton, John & Simone’s life revolved around their three children, Russell (1976), Jeff (1978) and Mark (1982). Coaching them Hockey, teaching them Golf and how to play the Guitar. John’s passion included Postal History and started MJR POSTCARDS & COVERS, and after John’s retirement, he concentrated on expanding MJR also became an Edmonton Stamp Club Director helping with the planning and implementation of shows and sales within the city and surrounding areas.
John was predeceased by his son, Russell, in 1994, his mother, Stella, in 2002, and his father, Paul, in 2006. John is survived by his wife Simone, sons Jeff (Michelle) & Mark (Paula) and Grandchildren: Ethan, Cooper, Brogin, Campbell, Davis and Coltir. His family extends to a half-brother Paul, half-sisters, Laura and Sandra, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, numerous cousins, and many friends.
We are grateful for the time we had with John, his humour and wit were quick and occasionally subtle. Rarely was there a moment spent with John, without a chuckle at his or your expense. His soft demeanor and detailed stories were what we loved about John. Every moment was not enough, and he will be greatly missed by us all.
A Service and memorial in John’s honour will be held on April 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Parish, 17511–112 St. N.W. in Edmonton. We welcome all to attend to gather and share our love and memories of a truly, great man.