Anthony Michael Pucciarello, Sr., 80, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was born October 7, 1932 in Galveston, Texas, to Pasqual and Angelina Pucciarello. Anthony graduated from Kirwin High School in 1950 and followed in his father’s footsteps, working in furniture sales at Plantowsky’s Furniture Company. After 20 years in the business, Anthony became a manager for the Finger Furniture Store Gulf Freeway location and moved to Houston to raise his family. In the 1980’s, he changed careers and moved to Las Vegas to become a casino host at Station Casinos, where he worked for over 20 years.
A lover of people, good food, music and all things beautiful, Anthony lived life to the fullest. He was a true original with an incredible sense of humor and the unique ability to express his love in exactly the right way. He had a soft spot for people in need and always rooted for the underdog. His compassion for others was one of the defining characteristics of his life.
Anthony was a lifelong devout Catholic who put his faith and trust in God and lived his life accordingly. He was an extremely generous supporter of Catholic Charities and was always looking to give back in grateful appreciation for the blessings God bestowed on him in life.
Anthony was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Pascal Pucciarello; beloved sister-in-law, Cecilia Pucciarello; beloved cousin, Gino Marinelli; and beloved lifetime friend, Frank Fertitta, Jr.
He is survived by his brother, Alfred Pucciarello, and wife, Marie; children: Toni Pucciarello Bruno; Angela Turek and husband, David; Anthony Michael Pucciarello, Jr. and wife, Aurora; and Darrell Pucciarello; grandchildren: Dr. Eva Delgado and husband, Dr. Kit Delgado; Anthony Michael Pucciarello, III; Gavin Pucciarello; Julianna Bruno; Hayden Turek; Christian Pucciarello; Lorenzo Bruno; Jon Michael Pucciarello; Francesca Bruno; Jackson Turek;great granddaughter, Eliana Delgado; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Anthony’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 25th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A rosary will begin at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, July 26th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Bishop Vincent M. Rizzotto as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Anthony M. Pucciarello, III, Gavin Pucciarello, Hayden Turek, Jackson Turek, Anthony Lorenzo Bruno, Christian Pucciarello, and Jon Michael Pucciarello.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeffrey Pucciarello, Michael Pucciarello, Thomas Pucciarello, Frank Bruno, Frank Fertitta, III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Blake Sartini, Anthony Fertitta, Vic Fertitta, Richard Favero, Marko Kustudia, Thomas Rapp, James Faso, Ernest McNeill, Jr., Mark Wooten, Dr. Craig Jefferies, Dr. William McCarron, and Darrell Siminoff.
In lieu of flowers, Anthony’s family requests memorials be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica Restoration Fund, C/O Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, ATTN: Roz Hill, 1700 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002.