Ivo Pocai, 85 of Balsley Road, Seneca Falls, passed away peacefully on Thursday (May 24, 2018) surrounded by his family at Pathway Home, Seneca Falls.
A celebration of Ivo’s life will be held at a later date. There will be no prior calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the wonderful and caring place, Pathway Home, P.O. Box 516, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
Ivo was born in Italy on December 5, 1932 the son of the late Italo and Noemi Bertino Pocai. He moved to the United States with his family at the young age of 15. He enlisted in the Navy to serve during the Korean War. He returned from the war to work at Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls. He, also, had worked at the former Charcoal Pit as everyone’s favorite bartender. He then opened the Romulus Hotel until he “retired” in 1996, but we couldn’t keep a good man down. He enjoyed his early morning visits with his great friends at the Deluxe Restaurant in Geneva. Ivo’s passion was golf, euchre, and manhattans.
Ivo is survived by his wife, Donna Goodman Pocai of Seneca Falls, whom he married on August 7, 1988; son, Michael (Shirley) Pocai of Waterloo, N.Y.; three daughters Tricia (John Nucci) Sutliffe of Seneca Falls, N.Y., Mellisa (Dennis) Verkey of Seneca Falls, N.Y., Sheryl (Bob) Lubanski of North Carolina; step-daughter, Victoria (Ralph) Wise of Farmington, N.Y.; grandchildren Ashley (Nick) Bass, Alexis Pocai, Jennifer (Joe) Christensen, Jeffrey (Samantha) Sutliffe, Dylan, Derik, Devin, MacKenzie Verkey, Robert, Andrew, and Ethan Lubanski; several great-grandchildren; brother, Salvano (Janet) Pocai of Syracuse, N.Y.; sister, Joanne (Howard) Bruse of Liverpool, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his amazing friends though many at heart but his dearest are Paul (Helen) Helstrom, Nick (Carol) Gigliotti, and Charlie (Linda) Lee.
In addition to his parents, Ivo was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Pocai; and his son-in-law, Mark Sutliffe.
Many “tanks” to the family at the Pathway Home in Seneca Falls for their gracious care.