Armand Raymond Brancaccio died on June 23, 2017, at his home in Southampton, from coronary heart failure.
Born in 1921 in Brooklyn to Anthony Brancaccio and Alphonsina Lombardy, he attended New Utrecht High School, where he met his future wife. He graduated from St. Francis College, where he ran track, and then earned a degree in dentistry at the University of Buffalo. He often recalled that he graduated from dental school, married his wife and received his commission in the Army all in one week in May 1944. He spoke often of the journey he took with his wife across the United States, in what he called a “jalopy” that he purchased for $350, to his post as a dentist to POWs in WallaWalla, Washington. Upon his discharge from the Army, Dr. Brancaccio was given an American Theater Award as well as a World War II Victory Medal for his service. He remained proud of his military service his entire life.
He began his dental practice in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and practiced for 53 years until he retired to his home in Southampton.
Dr. Brancaccio enjoyed the good life, survivors said, often boating, playing tennis, traveling, going to the theater, dining, and spending winters at his condo in Florida.
He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Caroline Culbert Brancaccio; and a son, Richard Culbert Brancaccio. He is survived by three children, Michael Brancaccio of Maryland, Dennis Brancaccio of Vermont, and Carolyn Vazquez of East Marion; and by nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangement are under the direction of the O’Connell-Rothwell Funeral Home in Southampton.
Our deepest sympathy to the Brancaccio family. May he rest in peace.