Arnold J. Cecchi, of Norfolk, formerly of Cambridge and Hull, died peacefully on July 3. He was 90.
He was the beloved husband of 63 years to the late RoseAnn (LaRiccia) Cecchi, who passed away on March 11, 2020, and devoted father to Judith C. Kehoe and her husband, Kerry S. Kehoe, of Wellesley; and Susan C. Siegel and her husband, Thomas F. Siegel III, of Norfolk.
He was the adoring grandfather to Owen, Hali, Colin, Gunnar, and Lauren and loving uncle to David Granai, James Rancatore, Elaine Rancatore, Paul Rancatore, Lisa Cerci, and Laura Julien. He was the brother of the late Rita Rancatore and beloved friend to caregivers Mary Lyons, of Norwood, and Sue Spear, of Millis. Born on June 9, 1931, in South Boston, he was a graduate of Burdett College and had been owner of the Genoa Delicatessen in North Cambridge and Dad’s Place in Hull.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. Arnie was an avid gardener, wine enthusiast, and cigar aficionado. His favorite times were spent on the beach beside his beloved RoseAnn. His greatest joys were his grandchildren, cheering them on at their sporting events and teaching them to play poker.
A funeral Mass and Celebration of Life for both Arnold and RoseAnn will be held on Thursday, July 8, at 9:30 a.m., in St. Paul Church, 502 Washington St., Wellesley. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be private. An online guestbook is at gfdoherty.com.