Carl Nucilli


On Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, five days shy of his 90th birthday, Carl Nucilli peacefully passed away in Homestead, Florida.

Born in Elkins, on Aug. 30, 1928, he was the eldest child of Dominick and Cecelia (Piretti) Nucilli.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Gum, and two brothers, Mike Nucilli and Joe Nucilli, thus completing that generation’s branch of the Nucilli family tree.

Carl lost the love of his life, Geraldine “Jerry” Nucilli, on May 1, 2008, after 55 years of marriage.

Carl is survived by three daughters and one stepdaughter: Anna Menendez (husband Tony), Theresa Butler, Carlette Scarbrough (husband Randy) and Pam Selway (companion, Dave). He is also survived by four grandsons: Gary Bell, Joe Menendez (wife Alex), Dominick Menendez (wife Samantha) and Ken Butler (fiancee Taylor); and three great-grandchildren: Isabella Menendez, Lucas Menendez and Everly Menendez. Two sisters-in-law, Mary Nucilli and Corkey Nucilli, as well as several nieces and nephews, also survive.

On June 30, 1976, the West Virginia mountaineer retired as a chief warrant officer in the United States Coast Guard after 29 years of service, six years of which were sea service, and settled in Paris, Tennessee. For a couple of years, he was a towboat captain, navigating barges through major rivers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

As several retirees do, Carl and Jerry migrated to Florida, where he took a part-time job driving a shuttle bus and with his gift of gab made great tips. He finally retired and continued his journeying this time via land in an RV with Jerry.

Carl was an active member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks holding several positions in the Paris, Tennessee lodge including that of Exalted Ruler. He loved music and to cut a rug. Jerry and he won several dance competitions when they were young and continued to dance together whenever the opportunity arose.

Carl and Jerry will be buried with military honors at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, online memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at or by mail to National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.