Cianci family humbled by support for late mayor
Through the snow and winds people made sure they were there as the Prince of Providence took his final ride through the city on Monday. Buddy’s sister, Carol Turchetta, says the sight brought tears to her eyes.
"I was overwhelmed by the support and the sympathy that they showed, how enthusiastically they greeted Buddy on our funeral route with signs and cheers,” said Turchetta.
Turchetta says she was also touched by the memorial service adding that it was exactly how Buddy would have wanted it to be.
"He is smiling from above,” said Turchetta. “Just smiling. I’m sure he has some good little quips to make."
Buddy’s nephew Brad was just as humbled by the people that came out to pay their respects.
"It’s a tremendous feeling as a family to see what kind of effect my uncle had on the people,” said Brad Turchetta. “He was always on the big stage, a performer. He wanted to go out big and this was as big as we could make it."
Family and close friends of the late mayor gathered at PPAC after the funeral service and burial. They shared stories and watched a slide show of Buddy’s life. Now that all is said and done they’re reminiscing about the larger than life man whom many of us have come to know in his decades spent in the public spot light.
"I grew to respect the man that got the job done on top of as a uncle. It made you want to be around him. It made you want to listen to him,” said Brad Turchetta.
"He was a dear brother, sensitive, friend of everybody’s and just a fabulous person who used all of his talents and did it to the best of his ability,” said Carol Turchetta.
(C) WLNE 2015