Ron Gallucci, owner and founder of Gallucci’s Catering Co. in Tacoma and a man long associated with the local restaurant scene, died Aug. 12 at his home in Lake Tapps. He was 49.
The Tacoma native was struggling with recently discovered health problems, according to a statement from the catering company.
Gallucci started his career in the food industry serving on crews that opened The Lobster Shop and Stanley & Seafort’s, two popular Tacoma restaurants.
He ended his career with a new venture at The Liberty Theater in downtown Puyallup, where he signed a long-term lease last year to host concerts, weddings, auctions, plays and parties.
Gallucci began his first solo venture when he opened Gallucci’s Deli in 1986. Eventually he started Gallucci’s Catering to focus his efforts on becoming “one of the Tacoma area’s catering giants,” according to the company’s statement.
“He was a leader in the industry and often paved the way for others,” it reads.
In an outpouring of comments on the Gallucci’s Catering Facebook page, Gallucci was described as an energetic professional, a positive individual and a loving family man.
Polly Buis, office manager at the Liberty Theater, said Gallucci was a great friend and manager. He signed a 10-year lease at the 600-seat theater in 2012, and moved his commercial kitchen operation there.
“Ronald was a powerhouse,” Buis said. “He was one of those personalities that was ‘go big or go home.’”
Gallucci is survived by his wife, Treia, and three children. A fund for his children was set up at U.S. Bank, Buis said. Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Lakewood. A viewing is Sunday 5-7 p.m., and a memorial service will be held Monday at 4 p.m.