Bruno J. Massacesi, 68, of Franklin Street, Gloversville, died Wednesday evening, May 21, 2014, at Albany Medical Center, with his loving family at his side.
He was born at home in Brooklyn on May 6, 1946, a son of Bruno and Christine Spirko Massacesi and moved to Broadalbin in 1961. Bruno was a 1964 graduate of Broadalbin High School. He moved to Auburn, Maine in 1991 and returned to the area in 1993.
Mr. Massacesi was employed as a printer (foreman) with Noteworthy Company in Amsterdam for most of his life. He later worked as a home health aide with the Community Health Center in Johnstown and as a CNA at the Fulton Center for Rehab. & Healthcare in Gloversville.
Bruno J. Massacesi
Bruno loved working with children and was instrumental in organizing a roller skating program at the Father Smith Center in Broadalbin. He was a member of the Broadalbin Youth Commission and coached girls softball. Bruno was later certified as a softball coach and successfully coached the Broadalbin Varsity program. He especially loved spending time bike riding and was an avid New York Giants and New York Mets fan.
He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin.
Bruno was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7629 and was currently serving as the Grand Knight, and a member and past trustee of the 4th Degree Rev. Peter H. Smith Assembly 2505.
He was a faithful participant in the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Gloversville.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence Massacesi and Bernard Cruder, as well as a special aunt, Sister Christina Spirko.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Tomlinson Massacesi, whom he married on September 4, 1965; three children, Christine (Scott) MacFarland of Mayfield, Teresa (David) Smitherman of Hagaman, and Mark Massacesi of Gloversville; two sisters, Frances Porco of Onancock, VA and Marcella Feit of Brooksville, FL; six grandchildren, Kayla Gottabed, Laken, Abby, and Ryan MacFarland, Brittany (Michael) Altieri and Brooke Smitherman; a great-granddaughter, Eva Rose Altieri; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Esther Tomlinson of Broadalbin; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A prayer service will be held on Monday at 11:15 a.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 and Black Street) Johnstown, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at noon at St. Joseph's Church, 7 North Street, Broadalbin, with the Rev. Matthew Wetsel officiating. Burial will be in the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Knight of Columbus conducting a ritual at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Latham or to St. Joseph's Church, both in care of the funeral home.