Thanks to a few blog readers for sending this outstanding story from the Brooklyn Eagle on the late John Cannucci.
Cannucci died in October of 2010. He was one of the most well-liked people from the neighborhood.
Here’s a small piece from the article.
“He did his best for the children, whether leading a tour of the basement or here in the gym,” said P.S. 29 Principal Melanie Raneri Woods. “He liked to look tough on the outside, but he was a gentle soul on the inside.” Woods said she was “honored to celebrate him today and pay homage to the beautiful man he was.”
The one thing about our neighborhood whether you were from 7th avenue, 9th avenue or 11th avenue, it produced outstanding people.
Back in October, I blogged about Cannucci’s death. Here is a comment from Jerry Cole on the man they called Mad Jack.
Mad Jack was a great guy with a warm smile. He laughed easily and deeply and he always made you feel welcome whenever you were around him (unless you were rooting against one of his teams). John always greeted you with a hearty handshake and a big smile. Like Billy, while living in the neighborhood I was also fortunate enough to spend a lot of quality time with Jack watching sports in McBears, or playing football at the Turkey Bowl, or meeting for a cold one at Farrells or any of the other place that we’d all gather for weddings, parties or for various reasons and special events.
Even after Sue & I committed that “mortal sin” and moved to Jersey, Jack always made us feel welcome whenever we were back in the neighborhood for the Brooklyn Irish parade or anywhere else we’d see him.
Jack you were one of a kind and you will be sorely missed by your family and all who knew you. May you rest easy my friend as I know the other fellas from the Slope (Fonz, Chicken George, etc.) are all ready to meet you at the pearly gates with a warm welcome and a cold one.