Obituary for Michael Procacci Sr.
Michael J. Procacci, Sr., co-founder of Medford Village Resort and Country Club and co-founder and Chairman of Vineyards Development and Vineyards Golf and Country Club of Naples, Florida, passed away Thanksgiving evening. He spent the day celebrating the holiday, as well as his upcoming 95 birthday, at Vineyards Country Club surrounded by his immediate and extended family.
To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his children, Michael Procacci, Jr. (Elaine) of Naples, Florida, Maria Procacci Toussel (John, Jr.) of Naples, Florida, and Annette Procacci Brennan (Charles, Jr.) of Naples, Florida; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Michael is also survived by his brother Sam Procacci and his sister Rose McLaughlin.
Michael was preceded in death by his wife of more than 65 years, Frances Scappa Procacci, who passed on May 28, 2012. His brother and business partner of 75 years, Joseph G. Procacci, Sr., recently passed on November 17, 2017. Also, deceased before Michael were his sisters, Mildred and Lucia, and his brothers, Charles and Pasquale.
Michael Procacci was born on November 27, 1922 in Camden, New Jersey with family roots tracing back to Cerignola, a small city in Italy. He was the fifth of eight children, born to parents Antonio and Vincenza.
His entrepreneurship first manifested itself when, at the young age of 10, he began selling the family’s produce door-to-door. In 1948, he and his brother, Joe, started Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation in the basement of their parents’ home. The company flourished, growing into one of the largest wholesale produce distributors in the world.
With years of success in the produce industry behind him, Michael purchased with his brother, Joseph Procacci, Sr. and other investors Medford Village Resort and Country Club, formally Sunny Jims Golf Course. As years went on he would be the first to reinvest monies for capital improvements for the enhancement and improvement of Medford Village, consequently he became the majority shareholder. Later, at the age of 65, he began the development of Vineyards Golf and Country Club in 1987. Today, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary, Vineyards is considered one of the premier golf and country clubs in Southwest Florida. The vast community of 1,400 acres is nearing sellout of its 2,900 residences located in 38 unique neighborhoods. In addition to the many homes nestled there, Vineyards also includes a 70,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse with two championship golf courses and 450,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate space.
Through Michael’s leadership, Vineyards has been the prototype for responsible development in Naples, donating land for schools, while also landscaping and maintaining public roads at no expense to taxpayers. Michael personally gave selflessly of his time and money to countless charities and organizations. Recently, he was honored by the Naples Italian American Foundation as an outstanding citizen of Italian heritage, a person who enriched and contributed to the Naples community and its residents. Though his accomplishments have been many, he was never one to seek praise or adoration.
Michael’s spirit and wisdom touched the lives of many in the community. He was a devoted family man, whose love for his wife, family, and friends knew no bounds.
Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Friday, December 1st, 2017from 6-9pm at Bradley Funeral Home 601 Rt. 73 S. at Evesham Rd. Evesham, New Jersey. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 10am at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 1439 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Entombment will follow at New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr NJ. www.BradleyFHMarlton.com
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Naples, Florida. Dates and times for these services are forthcoming. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Foundation www.stjude.org.