Funeral Mass for Bruno Paul Tubertini, Jr., 86, of Ridgeland and formerly of Greenville will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenville. He passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Bruno was born December 16, 1926 in Alligator, Mississippi and moved to Greenville with his parents at an early age. He attended Greenville High School where he was All Big 8 Conference in both football and basketball. He attended Sunflower Junior College (now Mississippi Delta Community College) on a football scholarship before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
He proudly served his country as a Navy “frogman” in World War II. He was a member of Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 30, which were the predecessors to today’s Navy Seals.
He returned to Greenville after the war to work in the homebuilding and commercial construction business for Queen City Lumber Company and later Allen & Lancaster Lumber Company before opening Tubertini Construction Company in Greenville in 1959. He formed Tubertini Realty in 1969 and was an appraiser for the Veterans Administration, Federal National Mortgage Association and numerous mortgage lenders for over 30 years. His companies built single and multi-family homes and commercial buildings, developed subdivisions and managed multi-family housing until his retirement in 2004.
Mr. Tubertini married Sara Frances Greco on June 15, 1948 and they shared the next 65 years together. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greenville until moving to Ridgeland in 2011 where he joined St. Francis of Assisi Church in Madison.
He was a Past-President of the Greenville Jaycees and also served as Commander of Greenville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4486. He served as President of the Greenville Homebuilders Association and President of the Mississippi Association of Homebuilders as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Homebuilders.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Board of Realtors, Greenville Hodding Carter Memorial YMCA, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Washington County United Way and various other community organizations. He was a former Rotarian and 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
He worked hard but loved life and having fun. His loving heart and his generosity was legendary. He loved watching his children and grandchildren playing sports, cheerleading and anything else they did. Throughout his life he enjoyed staying in touch with old friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Bruno Tubertini, Sr., his sisters, Rose Parkerson and Gloria Tucker and granddaughter, Connie Beene. He is survived by his loving wife, Sara, daughters Gay Waites and husband, Bobby, of Jackson, Lolo Nowell and husband, Guy, of Philadelphia, son Rick and wife, Kathy, of Gulfport and son Ronnie and wife, Kathy, of Ridgeland, grandchildren Kim Hardeman, Andy Tubertini, Chuck Beene, Julie Burran, Andrea Edwards, Judson Nowell, Sydney Collins, Lauren Tubertini, Taylor Tubertini and 18 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Judson Nowell, Andy Tubertini, Chuck Beene, Max Hardeman, Hunter Beene and Charlie Beene.
The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph School in Greenville or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.