John Zuccerella

John Anthony Zuccerella

Friday, January 11th, 1935 - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Long time Greenwich resident, John A. Zuccerella (86) passed away on February 20 th 2021.
John attended Greenwich Schools and graduated from Greenwich High School and the Williams School of Banking.
During high school John would travel into New York City for singing lessons – always singing at high school events and
weddings; people to do this day who knew him in high school still comment on his beautiful voice. In his later years, he
would go with The Holly Hill Tones to sing at the nursing homes.
After graduation from Williams College, John began a long and successful career in banking where he helped numerous
people around Greenwich buy their first car, get their first mortgage or set up savings accounts for Greenwich’s future
generations. Capitalizing on his relationships and charismatic personality, John embarked on a new career as a salesman
at Greenwich Cadillac. This new career gave him great personal satisfaction and he was awarded numerous awards for
Salesman of the Year.
He was married for 58 years to his love, Mary Ellen, before her death in 2018. Together they raised four children –
Marylee, Joseph, John and Mark. He was the original “Soccer Dad” as he was always taking one of the kids to practice
and going to any game or event they participated in – be it hockey, baseball or football, both in high school and college.
Later in life when his grandchildren arrived you would see him watching baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse and field
hockey games as well as karate events and dance recitals. He was very proud of each one of his grandchildren.
In retirement, John and Mary Ellen loved to travel with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Pat and their dear
cousins, Ann and Richard. Always having a wonderful time filled with laughter, love and numerous funny stories. He
also enjoyed his yearly summer trip to Cape May with his daughter, Marylee and her husband, Mark and their 3 children.
Over the years more and more people started to go making more memories and countless funny stories. While he
loved to travel, his greatest joy came from his weekly trips to Connecticut casinos with his wife and their egg sandwiches
and coffee for the ride up.
He was a man of great faith and attended Mass every day. Once his wife passed away and before COVID, he would
spend time at the Greenwich Senior Center and at Tod’s Point where he would read the paper and people watch,
sometimes striking up a conversation with complete strangers or bumping into old friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ellen, his parents Minnie & Joseph Zuccarello and his brother Anthony, as well as
his in-laws, Mary & Edward Neilsen.
John is survived by his daughter, Marylee Nielsen (Mark), his sons Joseph (Luanne), John (Laura) and Mark (Jodie). As
well as his 7 grandchildren – Stephanie, Lindsay and Mark Nielsen, John & Sofia Zuccerella and Cooper and Kasey
A wake will be held at Castiglione Funeral Home on Friday, March 12 th from 400-700 pm.
The funeral Mass will be at Sacred Heart Church in Byram at 1000 AM on Saturday, March 13 th . Due to COVID if you
would like to attend please call or text (203-559-9256) or send an email to to reserve a
seat (please do by 3/11/21). There will also be a LIVE FEED of the funeral – Burial will
be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers – donations can be made to: Silver Shield Association Educational Fund (EIN 81-3194644) – PO Box
8154, Greenwich CT 06836.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, March 12th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Castiglione Funeral Home
    544 Old Post Road 3
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Church
    95 Henry Street
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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  • Interment

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 11:15am
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 11:15am
    ST. Mary Cemetery
    399 North Street
    Greenwich, CT 06830
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Posted at 11:21am
Dear John & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Stay strong and think of all the good memories of your dad!

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Ruth Wilson

Posted at 07:33pm
My heartfelt sympathies to all the family. I met and knew him from the Senior Center in Greenwich. Wonderful person! He will be dearly missed!
Ruth P. Wilson

Patty, Jimmy & Uncle Sonnie

Posted at 12:13pm
Remember that we love and care about you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Kenneth Neilsen

Posted at 08:04pm
Sorry to hear about the passing of John. He will be remembered in our hearts and prayers. May he rest in peace
Ken and Nancy Neilsen

Larry Futie

Posted at 01:05pm
Marylee, Joe, John and Mark, I'm very sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of your Dad. I remember when it was a common event for large family gatherings and your Dad was always a lot of fun. When your parents would visit Vermont your Dad would always be such an entertaining guest. In recent years I often encountered him around town and we would chat and catch up. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Larry Futie

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