Lt. Mario Cucchiara, 95, of Cape Coral, formerly of North Fort Myers, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Rosario and Antoinette Cucchiara, one of four children, along with Victor, Rosalie and Louis, and grew up in New York City. He was a scholar athlete at Stuyvesant High School and graduated magna cum laude at the age of 16. He attended Colgate University & City College where he was an outstanding baseball and football player and a pole vaulter on the track team, before serving in the Army during World War II. In September 1940, he married the love of his life, Florence Cucchiara, moved to Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y. Florence passed away this past March at the age of 91 and he missed her dearly.
He became the lieutenant of the Southampton Town Police where he served for more than 30 years. He was a black belt in judo and along with Florence, for many years taught judo to hundreds of children and adults free of charge. He had a wonderful singing voice and performed at many public functions. He also was an excellent harmonicist and was known for his legendary feats of strength, outstanding physique, incredible intellect and wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by his loving family, including five children, Matteo Cucchiara, Exenia Pirrone, Alfred Cucchiara, Colleen Flick and Melody Galka; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren scattered throughout the country. He was 95 when he breathed his last breath here on earth, before waking in heaven to be once again in the arms of his sweetheart Florence, his wife of 72 years.
Mario Victor Cucchiara
Visitation will begin at noon Friday, Nov. 16, until the service at 2 p.m. at the Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, with Pastor Bob Carlson officiating. The burial ceremony will follow immediately after the service.
Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for his family.