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Sonny Bertucci, Long-Time Taylorville Businessperson, Dies

Family memorial services are set for Friday, for a long-time Taylorville businessperson.

"Sonny" Bertucci  passed away March 31st at Taylorville Care Center.

Bertucci was in the grocery industry in Taylorville for decades, starting at the age of 14 at the former Red & White grocery store on the square. Following his time in the service, he continued his work as a butcher at Frank’s Food Fair, then for many decades as the manager of Frank’s Food Fair and IGA, County Market, and finally at Kroger in Taylorville.

Bertucci's daily visits with former WTIM Swap Shop host Matt McLemore while he was manager at the various grocery stores that sponsored the show, were legendary, with the 2 talking more about Sonny's ties he wore that week, than the weekly grocery specials.

Bertucci was also involved in many local civic organizations, including the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, and helped organize the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. 

Bertucci was 94.

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