Herb’s adventures have come to a pause at the age of 83. He received a call on April 24, 2019, a sort of an offer he couldn’t refuse, to join his wife, Emma for extended travel plans. This new destination comes with a lot of fishing and scuba diving; hiking and tubing in the Smokey Mountains; driving an RV out west for another trip with Emma and his parents; and a reunion with family and friends who he has not seen in a long time. He left detailed instructions for his children and grandchildren to follow the motto “Life is for the Living,” “Signs are for other people,” “Sleep when you get older,” and “I’m here now” to name a few.
Herbert Thomas Coluccio’s story starts on May 11, 1935, one of seven children to Louis and Lula Coluccio. Herb was born and raised in Rome, New York. At a very early age he pursued a love for adventure and filled his days with school, sports, work, and chores, living every day to the fullest. Herb found a life time partner and the love of his life Emma and they would raise six children together. In 1969, they moved from the small town of Ava, New York to Tampa, Florida. They enjoyed their new life in the sunshine state. Herb worked as a Machinist for Reynolds Metals Can Plant for 30 years.
Loved ones who cleared the path for Herb are his wife of 55 years, Emma Coluccio; parents, Louis and Lula Coluccio; sister, Deloris Wakulik; brother, Robert Coluccio and wife Donna; brothers- in-law, Donald Barber and Toby Lawrence; and son-in-law, Jimmy Thompson. Loved ones who will miss Herb’s storytelling and positive outlook on life until they meet again are his children: son, Herbert and wife Annie; daughters, Lillian and son-in-law, Larry, Linda, Susan, Penny, Patty and Gail Ann; brothers, Edward Coluccio and wife Betty, Bruce Coluccio and wife Connie; sisters, Emma Lawrence and Thelma Barber and brother-in-law, Raymond Wakulik; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and close family friends.
Private services were held on April 27. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Herb’s name to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/Donate or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721).
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