Remembering Angelo Zuccolo, a man of many talents

By Dave Sherry

May 19, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Angelo Zuccolo, an actor, writer and professor, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 72.

Family and friends gathered Sunday evening at DeMarco and Son Funeral Home for calling hours, where they remembered and shared stories.

They talked about his hundreds of stage, television and movie performances, but mainly focused on the warmth with which he treated everyone.

"When he formed a relationship with somebody, he formed it," said Ciano Briga, an actor who had been working with Zuccolo for the past year. "It was set in stone and he never forgot anybody and everybody meant the same to him. You could be walking down the street and he'd see you and in an hour he could tell you you're his best friend. He touched people like that."

Zuccolo's work received national and international recognition, but those lucky enough to know him were the ones who truly recognized his greatness.

"Angelo was the, I guess you would say, quintessential thespian. He was, some would say, always on, but always genuine. And he always had a genuine smile and when he saw you, he was interested in you. Angelo was a giver of himself, if he could help in any way," Ray Antocicco, Zuccolo's cousin, said.

Zuccolo spent 30 years as theater director at Broome Community College.

There is a scholarship in his name for excellence in theater.