John J. Puglia

Published Feb 5, 2018 at 4:00pm

The family of John Puglia is very sad to announce his unexpected passing on January 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. John was born on January 24, 1937 in Rome, N.Y. the son of Mamie (Greco) and Joseph Puglia. He was raised in Rome, N.Y. with his loving family and graduated from Rome Free Academy. John then was employed at the Savoy until he left Rome and settled for a time in Florida. On April 22, 1975, John married Barbara Stander in Miami, Florida. They enjoyed a wonderful and loving partnership for nearly 43 years. While in Florida, John worked as a Maître d’ at Dante’s Restaurant for many years. Later John and Barbara moved to Houston, Texas and settled there, raising their daughter. John continued his career in the hospitality/restaurant industry, and he enjoyed it so much, he continued working part-time up until a few months ago at the Macaroni Grill in Houston. John’s friendly and outgoing nature served him and his customers well in his work. And John’s loving and fun disposition always kept his family smiling and laughing.

Survivors include his wife Barbara; daughter Suzanna and son-in-law Scott Nesbitt; granddaughter Luna, all of Houston; sisters Susanna Puglia Frasca (Rome), Mary Puglia Moran and brother-in-law Terry Moran (Canada), Elaine Puglia Crescenzi and brother-in-law Dr. E. James Crescenzi (North Carolina). Also surviving are nieces JoAnne Frasca and Lori Frasca both of Rome, Elizabeth Moran Dennison and Doug Dennison, Kathy Moran Suitor and Warren Suitor all of Canada; nephews Tim Moran (Gloversville), David Crescenzi and Jessica Crescenzi, of Woodstock, N.Y., Daniel Moran of Canada, and Dr. Mark Crescenzi and Anita Crescenzi, of N. Carolina. John is also survived by his sweet little dog Queenie, and by several special cousins and friends. John was predeceased by his parents; brothers-in-law Joseph Frasca and Arthur Benzman; nephew David Frasca; and his dog King.

The family is planning a memorial service in the spring. Arrangements are by the Carnes Funeral Home in Houston. Anyone wishing to make a donation in John’s memory, please consider the American Heart Association, Cancer research, Parkinson’s research, Alzheimer’s research, or a humane society of your choice.