Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi.
Of Brighton, July 21 in Waltham, born in Rochester, NY. A Priest of Discalced Carmelite Order of Brighton and Brookline since 1956. Loving brother of Msgr. George Cocuzzi of Rochester, NY, Dominic Cocuzzi of Hulapai Valley, AZ, Mrs. Agnes (Abelo) Tomasso, Mrs. Anne (Christopher) Renda, both of Rochester, NY. Dearly loved by many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery, 166 Foster St., Brighton, Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Evening Prayer Service at 7:30. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Presentation Church, 676 Washington St., Brighton Thurs, July 25 at 10 AM. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s cemetery in West Roxbury. Served in the Carmelite Order as Professor, Superior, Provincial Delegate to the Carmelite Secular Order, Provincial Mission Procurator, Secular Order Assistant, Retreat Director and Lawyer.
By Kevin Graham, Globe Correspondent
The Rev. Bruno Cocuzzi, an administrator at Brighton’s Discalced Carmelite Monastery who earned a law degree to better serve the poor, died Sunday at Marist Hill Nursing Home in Waltham after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 75.
Born Raymond Paul in Rochester, N.Y., Rev. Cocuzzi was a seaman first class in the Navy before joining the monastery in the early 1950s. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he worked at seminaries and monasteries in Peterborough, N.H., Brookline, and Waverly, N.Y. He moved out of the monastery in the late 1960s to work as an administrative assistant in a Boston halfway house.
Passionate about helping the poor, Rev. Cocuzzi received a law degree from Boston University in 1973 and spent 15 years living among the poor and providing them with free legal aid.
“He said he wasn’t a very good lawyer, but he liked helping people. He had been there for them when they didn’t expect anyone else to be there,” said the Rev. Paul Fohlin, who also lived at the monastery. “He loved them, and they knew he loved them.”
Rev. Cocuzzi rode a bicycle during those years. He bought his living room furniture from Goodwill and used orange crates as end tables.
“He was a great witness for the time,” said Fohlin. “He always lived very poorly… He didn’t need much. He just gave much.”
Rev. Cocuzzi’s most recent work at the monastery included raising money for the Carmelite Nairobi Mission, an international house of studies in Kenya. He would send personal letters to anyone who contributed to the mission and other causes through the monastery.
“He was well known for keeping in touch with people in particular ways, personal ways,” said the Rev. Anthony Haglof, superior at the monastery. “I really think he had a gift for that. Many professionals kind of keep it formal, but he was personal.”
Rev. Cocuzzi leaves two sisters, Agnes Tomasso and Anne Renda of Rochester; and two brothers, George A. of Rochester and Dominic John of Hualapai Valley in Arizona.
A funeral Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Brighton. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury.