James W. Granucci


James Warren Granucci, 84, of Columbus, GA, beloved husband of the late Barbara Anderson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 12, 2023 in Hartford, CT. He was born on August 26, 1939; the son of the late Warren and Margaret (DeLucia) Granucci. Jim was born at Yale New Haven CT hospital, grew up in Wallingford, and graduated from Lyman Hall High School where

he was Captain of the football team. After high school, Jim received full scholarships to attend both Yale University, where he achieved his Bachelor’s degree in History, and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

On July 22, 1960 Jim went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Barbara, whom he married June 15, 1963. In 1964, Jim attended Officers’ Candidate School, and was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy. Following his military service, Jim worked most of his career with Tetley Tea in New York City, achieving the title of CFO. He later went to work as CFO of Baskin-Robbins in Glendale, CA, retiring in 1993. Jim and Barbara lived 28 sunny years in Southern California until Barbara’s passing in 2018. Then, at the young age of 78, Jim moved to Georgia, closer to one of his daughters.


Jim was a long time devoted Green Bay Packers and Boston Red Sox fan, and had recently enjoyed F1 Racing. He loved trains, especially while traveling throughout Europe, but none better than those behind Colony Street in Wallingford. He always had a book in his hand, often history or cosmos related, and was known for his love of wines, most especially a Grand Cru Bordeaux.

Jim was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and veteran. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Amy Pease (Pete) from Columbus, GA, and Laura Jacobs (Jeff) from Cleveland, OH; his cherished grandchildren, William (Columbus, GA), Nicholas (Brooklyn, NY), and Emily (New York, NY). He also leaves to mourn his absence his three sisters, Ellen Anderson, Peggy Marchetti, and Linda Mylod (Jim); a brother-in-law, Mark Anderson (Doris), and many cousins, nieces, and nephews that he loved deeply. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, John Marchetti, sister-in-law, Christine Denette, and nephew, Tim Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, Wounded Warrior Project.