BATH — Paul Tito Pecci, 90, died April 2.
Pecci was born Jan. 17, 1922, to Tito and Erminia Pecci. He attended Bath schools until seventh grade when he began working at the Bath Opera House as a projectionist. It was there where he met his future wife, Phyllis Dennett, working at the candy counter making popcorn.
In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army and served as a motion picture projectionist where he earned two ribbons and two medals. In December 1945 he was honorably discharged. On July 22, 1946, he married Phyllis and they lived most of their lives together in Bath in the house where he was born.
Pecci worked as the head machine mechanic at Congress Sportswear until he retired. He was an avid animal lover, especially of cats and birds. He had his own flock of pigeons which he fed daily. He was a member of the Elks Club in Bath for over 44 years. His daily routine led him to the Galley Restaurant for coffee and then buying lottery tickets and the newspaper from Ernie Backs. He and Phyllis had a close circle of friends and they frequently went out to dinner and to dances at the Elks Club.
Pecci is survived by his daughter, Anita M. Pecci; grandchildren Chad L. Collins and Jennifer K. Desisto and her husband, Robert; great-grandson Noah. E. Greene; nephew, Phil Dennett and his wife, Lori; niece Sarah Muessig and her husband, Hans; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
A funeral Mass will take place at St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath, at 10 a.m. April 21.