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Trucco remembers founder Sal Vacca

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sal Vacca, the founder of our company and a beloved member of the produce industry. Sal passed away on March 22, 2023, at 93.

Sal’s journey as a U.S. immigrant from Anacapri, Italy began in 1949 when he arrived on American soil to join his cousin Domenico D’Angiola’s import business. Starting with grocery items, including chestnuts, Sal eventually began selling chestnuts and canned tomatoes from Italy under his own business.

Alfred Trucco, a prominent figure in dried fruits and nuts at the Washington Street Terminal Market in Manhattan, was one of Sal’s customers.

In 1961, Alfred suggested that they join companies, and A.J. Trucco, Inc BB #:103951 was formed. They were among the first to relocate to Hunts Point Market in 1967, where the company continued to grow and evolve over the years. In 2000, it joined forces with another firm and reorganized, and in 2015 sold his shares to Nick Pacia.

Sal was an exceptional man who remained dedicated to his work and passions until his mid-80s. He was known for his larger-than-life personality, infectious charm, and unwavering kindness to everyone he met. Sal was a beloved Hunts Point Produce Market community member and took great pride in his Italian heritage. He was also an avid tennis player, a diehard fan of the Napoli professional soccer team, and a gifted cook who regularly prepared meals for his employees even after he retired.

Sal Vacca’s impact on the produce industry and the countless lives he touched will never be forgotten. His legacy will continue to live on through the company he founded and the values he instilled in it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Diane Vacca; his children, Eric Vacca and Lisa Vacca-Brown; his nephew Giovanni Vacca; and niece Olimpia Giardiello, during this difficult time.

Rest in peace, Sal Vacca. Your memory will forever be cherished by all who knew and loved you.