Obituary of Nicholas D. Landucci
Nicholas Landucci, Torrington native
Nicholas D. Landucci, 70, of Arvada, Colorado, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Intermountain Health Hospice in Wheat Ridge, Colorado on Sunday December 10, 2023.
Nick was born on February 18, 1953. He was the son of the late Peter and Elaine (Parducci) Landucci. He attended Torrington public schools, graduated from Northwestern Connecticut Community College, attended Colorado State University and graduated from Porterville School of Horseshoeing in California.
Since his youth Nick was an ardent outdoorsman; hunting, fishing and trapping, earning him the nickname “Joe Foss” from childhood friends. Growing up he established many fond memories of concert going, backpacking, camping and fishing trips, always with his oldest friends and family. In his later adult life Nick was an intrepid adventurer. He served as first mate on a commercial fishing boat in Chatham, Massachusetts, worked as a farrier in Connecticut, and packed horses in Idaho. Nick eventually settled in Colorado where he worked for The Coors Brewery Company for 30 years until his retirement, spending much of his spare time with his dear friends on the Parker ranch.
Nick was a modern day Renaissance man with countless interests, exaggerated by a personality and presence larger than life. He was an avid baker, cook, skilled artisan and Buckaroo. His many passions included, but weren’t limited to: music, photography, art, culture, food, literature, politics and ranching. Always a great storyteller, his tales were unforgettable to any listener in recounting his many adventures (and misadventures) accentuated with his notorious and signature robust laugh.
One of Nick’s greatest joys was working with his friends on the Parker Hartman Ranch and the Rocky Hills Ranch in Sedgwick, Colorado. He was in his element trailing cattle on his faithful horse Natalino, riding on the saddle he made under the tutelage of his good friend Mark Howes. His eagerness on the ranch often found him volunteering for the 3am check-in during snow storms in calving season, and was always there for Spring branding. He worked hard to make sure his brands were straight, and always kept the kids in line while telling stories of the elder ranchers, Doc Parker and Bill Stierlen. With a ready supply of beef from the ranch, Nick often made piles of meals during busy times for everyone to enjoy. The holidays at the ranch were always memorable. Nick would bring fresh seafood and cook Italian food with the Parker kids. The children called him uncle Nick and the adults called him dear friend.
Nick always remained in close contact with family and longtime friends back in Connecticut, taking special interest in everyone's children and celebrating their many achievements. Nick had a huge heart with generosity to match and it was known to all that his favorite holiday was Christmas. When he came back east for the holidays, he reveled in gift giving and treating loved ones, getting together to spread good cheer, and sometimes make you sit with him to watch his favorite old black and white Christmas movies. There would always be much cooking, baking (sometimes shouting) and group partaking in the “making of the ravioli.”
Your kitchen was usually never the same after Nick visited. He was extremely proud of his Italian heritage and had a deep connection with relatives in Italy whom he often communicated with and felt grateful to have visited. During one of his visits to Italy a local newspaper wrote an article about him. Culture and family traditions were essential to Nick’s spirit. He was an example of fortitude; someone who lived life to its fullest and for that next good day ahead, always doing things in his own style. Nick will be deeply missed by family and friends but never forgotten by anyone that was lucky enough to truly know him.
“May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung, may you stay forever young.” - Bob Dylan
Nick leaves behind his siblings; Rita Greene and her husband Mark of Oxford, Connecticut, Stephen Landucci and his wife Susan of Bailey, Colorado and Mark Landucci and his wife Donna of Torrington, Connecticut. He also leaves behind his loving nephews and nieces; Christopher Landucci and his wife Nicole, Kate Cruz and her husband Gabriel, Jared Moran and his wife Marilyn and Rebecca West, along with great-nieces Ella and Ryan Landucci, Lyra Moran, and great-nephew Brecken Moran. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Elaine Landucci and nephew, Garrett Landucci.
In Honor of Nick’s memory keep a little Christmas in your heart everyday and “Make Good Trouble” - John Lewis
A funeral Mass will take place in June 2024 in Colorado and a celebration of Nick's life will take place in Connecticut in the spring.
Memorial contributions can be made in Nick’s name to: Intermountain Health Hospice, 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Nicholas Landucci, please visit Tribute Store