J. Kim Tucci, Civic Leader and Co-Founder of Pasta House Dies From Cancer

J. Kim Tucci the co-founder of the chain restaurant Pasta House died on March 25, 2019, from cancer. He was 78 years old.

Sam Ganzini,  who Tucci met in 1967 and worked together for 55 years, the Vice President of Pasta House confirmed the death of Tucci.

He said in a statement that Tucci did so much for others and had many friends. It will take people a long time to realize the wonderful man that everybody lost.  It is difficult to count the number of organizations and charities he worked for.

With his partner John Ferrara who is now deceased and partner Joe Fresta, over 40 years ago he founded Pasta House. The chain has more than 1500 workers, and 24 restaurants in Missouri. The restaurant grossed $53.8 million in 2017.

Pasta House collaborated with Coca-Cola to form “Reading, writing and Ravioli.” The “Great Works of Art High School Contest” lets students in high school compete for scholarships to college. More than 4000 teaches and 400 schools participated.

He co-founded in 1985 the “Caring & Sharing Program.” The program helps families in need all year and feeds over 5,000 people Christmas Dinner.

Tucci was awarded more than 25 Man of The Year Awards, and numerous others for leadership through various business, civic, and charitable organizations.

Tucci’s wife Sharon survives him along with Alexis his daughter and grandsons. A memorial service is pending.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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