The Pasta House Co. co-founder, well-known St. Louis philanthropist Kim Tucci dies

Tucci was honored by the Missouri Athletic Club as the Philanthropist of the Year in 2018

March 25, 2019 - 12:11 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The co-founder and president of The Pasta House Co. Kim Tucci has died of cancer. He was 78.

KMOX host Michael Kelley confirmed the news Monday morning.

Some have already taken to social media to thank the born-and-raised St. Louis-native for his charitable efforts and dedication to the area. He was known for pouring money into the region and raising money to help fight disease. 

Tucci was a high school teacher and athletics coach for six years, and a college instructor for seven years.

Pasta House, founded in 1974, is one of the largest private companies in the St. Louis region.

Tucci co-founded the Caring & Sharing Program in 1985, which helps needy families year-round and feeds more than 5,000 St. Louisans every Christmas.

He was chairman emeritus of Heat Up St. Louis, and past president of The Missouri Athletic Club and The Saint Louis Ambassadors. Tucci also served as St. Louis Airport Commissioner, St. Louis Board of Elections Commissioner, and Regional Taxi Cab Commissioner, and was chairman of the St. Louis International Film Festival (Cinema St. Louis).

In 2018, he was honored by the Missouri Athletic Club as the Philanthropist of the Year.

Tucci was inducted into the St. Louis University Hall of Fame in l989, and St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010. He also served as Trustee at SLU.

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