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Anthony Tucci, 82, founding member of Charismatic Renewal

MIAMI | Many of those involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Archdiocese of Miami will remember Anthony Tucci, a founding member of the renewal who was instrumental in developing the movement in South Florida.

Tucci, 82, died Oct. 5 in Greenville, N.C., where he and his wife, Jackie, retired in 1996. A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 7 at his parish there, St. Peter’s Church. Born March 1, 1935, Tucci lived his early life in Lodi, N.J. He studied civil engineering at Ohio Northern University and received an MBA from the University of Miami. After completing his education, he joined his family's business, Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Beverage, and made his home in Hollywood, Fla. He served as senior vice president, general manager, and partner in the Yoo-Hoo Beverage Company for more than 20 years.

After moving to Greenville, he and his wife continued their involvement with the Charismatic Renewal, helping to develop it there.

Tucci is survived by his wife, his children Karen Tucci-Heron and Keith Tucci, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a brother and three sisters. Online condolences can be left via

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