Beloved Carey coach mourned
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McLees and Stanley said they have discussed ways to honor Cucciniello when the 2013 season kicks off in September. “Whether it’s his initials on our helmets or uniforms, or that plus something bigger, we have some time to figure it out,” McLees said. “I just know we were all lucky and blessed to have Fred in our lives.”
Cucciniello is survived by his wife, Gertrude; four children, Fred Jr., Michelle, Michael and Richie; and seven grandchildren.
Fred worked for New York Life in Manhattan for almost 40 years, Richie said, and commuted by train. He often juggled his shifts at the office so he didn’t miss coaching or watching one of his children or grandchildren play in one game or another. “I played college lacrosse at Albany, and he’d drive three hours there and back to see my games,” Richie recalled. “That’s the kind of guy he was. I think he was most happy when he watched his grandchildren play sports.”
Richie said that the family was “sincerely touched” by the overwhelming turnout for his father’s services. “There were people that hadn’t seen him for 20 or 30 years, including many from out of state, that came to pay their respects,” Richie said. “He made a difference in a lot of lives.”