Lucci, John

December 15th, 2009

lucci-johnWilmington businessman John A. Lucci died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

His career paralleled and propelled a period of incredible growth in Wilmington. In 1955, he and his wife Midge bought a little store at Perry’s Corner in Wilmington. One store at a time, they built a shopping center around Lucci’s Supermarket. Even as the business grew, he personally worked the store for decades, always in a white shirt, tie, and crisp white store jacket.

A hard worker, good businessman, entrepreneur, family man, dog lover, and true gentleman, he was greatly admired for his accomplishments. Quiet and generous, he was, in a sense, way ahead of his time.

Born in Everett in 1931, John was the son of the late John A. & Assunta Lucci. When he was 12, his family moved to Stoneham, where his father opened Lucci’s Store on the corner of North and Main streets. John graduated from Stoneham High School in 1949 and went to work in the family store.

In 1952, during the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served with the 1820 Post Quartermaster Co. in Alaska. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant on November 12, 1954.

John married Marjorie L. Landry in 1955 and together they started their venture of Lucci’s Market. They bought Emma Sargent’s store on the corner of Lowell and Woburn streets. It was heated by a little wood stove. John and Midge set to work, cleaning and painting the store to make it presentable. They installed shelving, refrigeration and plumbing, something the old store never had. They opened their doors on January 9, 1956.

Two years later, they built a new market next door. This store served Wilmington for 10 years and became as an anchor for the Eastgate Shopping Center, which soon had a florist, a pharmacy, a restaurant, hardware store, barber shop and beauty salon. Their reputation for great service and products grew along with their clientele, and within ten years, Lucci’s Market, although doubled in size, outgrew its space. In 1968, Lucci’s opened a new supermarket, which is still going strong today with the same great service and family values that were started by John and Midge.

John had a fascination with building. In the course of developing the shopping center, he secured a state contractor’s license. He went on to build two office buildings and another shopping center.

John is survived by his wife, Marjorie L. “Midge” Lucci, children, Deborah E. Lucci, and John A. Lucci & his wife Susan, all of Andover, Donna M. Lucci of North Reading, Brenda L. Bradley & her husband James of West Newbury, and Kenneth J. Lucci of Belleair, Fla.; grandchildren Frank Perrone and Breanna Lucci, Adriana and Johnnie Lucci, Michael and Madison Castle, Brendan and Tatiana Bradley; his brother Ernest Lucci & his wife Betty of Florida and the late Dominic Lucci, Florence Binda, and Lisa M. Lucci. John is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary Lucci of Stoneham, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, December 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18th in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Memorial donations may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Lucci, John”

  1. Steven J Binda says:

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, your dad, your grandfather and my Uncle. Please know that I grieve with you. When I last talked to Uncle John, he told me “you’ve done alright for yourself” when I told him about my Army career and work for the Department of the Army. That meant more to me than you could possibly know.

  2. The Durling Family says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed by the Community ofwhich he was such a large part. Our condolences and prayer go to Midge and the children…our thoughts are with you ..

  3. The Durling Family says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed by the Community of which he was such a large part. Our condolences and prayers go to Midge and the children…our thoughts are with you ..

  4. Jim Ricca says:

    Midge, Debbie, Donna, John, Kenny, Brenda & families.
    We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that being a prominent man in the community for so long, that JL touched generations. I also know that to his children and family, JL was a hero. Our deepest sympathy to the Lucci family.

    Jim, Ellen & Shaye

  5. Bill Hoose says:

    My condolences to your family. I had worked for Mr. Lucci and his son. They always afforded me kindness and respect. Genuine people like them are few and far between in todays world.

  6. Bryan Lindgren says:

    John im so sorry to here about your Dad, he was a great man. I often thought about him and your family through the years. Your family taught me alot about values and I will never forget him. Again my deepest symphony.

  7. Sharon Allain and family, says:

    Dear Brenda and family,
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your dad. May you find comfort and peace in all the memories you hold so dear. I personally remember how much he valued family and how hard his family worked to return those same values. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Steven and Lee Binda says:

    Our deepest condolences to Aunt Midge and the entire Lucci clan. I’m sure Uncle John is now looking down with Nana, Uncle Dom, my Mom, Florence, his sister, Lisa and my Dad, Mario. He is at peace and free of pain.

    With all our love (and sorrow), Steve and Lee

  9. Kathy Boshar says:

    To the Lucci Family – my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Dad, husband, grandparent, and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

  10. Brenda Jepson says:

    To the Lucci Family–So sorry to here of your fathers passing. I will always remember him in the store, What a kind and gentle man he always was.
    I send my deepest condolances to all in your family..
    Brenda Jepson

  11. Susan Thomas says:

    Auntie Midge,Debbie,John,Donna,Brenda and Kenny,
    I am so sorry for your loss,just know Uncle John and Dad are having those wonderful talks and laughs they always had when they were together. My thoughts are with you at this time.


  12. Michael Collings says:

    Our deepest condolences for this sudden passing of John here at our family business. We will pray for your family.
    Mr Lucci was a true hero, and his heart could not be measured.

  13. The Leduc Family says:

    Dear Lucci Family,
    We are very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed.

  14. Stacie Murphy says:

    To the entire Lucci Family,

    My thoughts and prays are with all of you, John will have a special place at God’s table. I always remember working Sundays at the store and working with John Sr. God Bless all of you.

  15. Cindy Palino Perdicaro says:

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our family (including my brother Rob Palino) has the Lucci family in our thoughts. My grandparents were one of the first customers at the little store. Working at the market was my first job in high school for which I will always be grateful.

  16. Laura Palino says:

    OMG John, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. May God bless you during this holiday season. May you remember all the fond memories and laughter you’ve shared, and his spirit will always be with you. Family is such an important variable in our lives, and the love that we share within that circle is what help molds us into the people we become today.

  17. Timothy French says:

    John was a true gentleman…a class act. I always enjoyed my conversations with John and will cherish those memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Midge, Donna and the rest of the wonderful Lucci family.

  18. Marilyn Eldridge says:

    Dear Midge and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about John’s passing, my deepest condolences to all of you. He was wonderful to myself and my daughter thru the years.

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