Dante Achille Marcuccio, the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Living American", died on Thursday, November 22, 2012, in his home in League City, TX at the age of 73- thirty three years after he first predicted.
He was born in Johnstown, NY on February 11, 1939, the first son of Carmelo and Angelina Marcuccio. He lived and attended school in Johnstown with his siblings Concetta, Marietta, Jack and Robert until he graduated in 1956, at which time he left to work and later join the United States Air Force.
Dante worked for several different companies under the guise of an expert computer consultant, in a well-planned ruse to emerge 40 years later as a Renaissance man who had seen nearly every country in the developed world. Around 1980, he laid this lifestyle aside to fully devote his time to the life-education of his six children and later his sixteen grandchildren.
Dante is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Marcuccio, and grandson Gary Luke Middlebrooks. He is survived by his 'Sweetie' of 52 years, Sandra Wilene; his children, Kelly Middlebrooks and her husband, Gary; Dante Marcuccio and his wife Mary, Nicholas Marcuccio and his wife Michele; Angela Marcuccio, Samuel Marcuccio and his wife Tonya, and Cassandra Jones and her husband Jeffry; his sisters, Concetta DeCew and Marietta Scott; his brother, Jack Marcuccio; his cousin (brother to him) Jack Papa; and 16 adoring grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, and troops overseas (the last of whom he supported with homemade "Jeremiah Johnson Jerky"). His final wish was for the world to know that he never stood on the burning deck of a whaling ship.