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Leon Gray"Bill" Tuck
  • Expressions of sympathy may be made in Bill's memory to NEFF Cape House, P.O. Box 960788, Boston, MA 02196-0788 or online at http://www.nefoodfoundation.org/donate-today/.

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“We are so sorry for your loss. Mr Tuck was a true gentleman.Dr. Craig Macdonald and Staff ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“I joined the board of New England Food Foundation in the late 90's as part of the "next generation" of leaders when many of the original leaders were...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kim Richardson-Roach - Brockton, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was instrumental in helping children in need with his work at the New England Food Foundation. Thank...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Megan Servello - NORFOLK, MA

“I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will miss both your mom and dad. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Chris Noll - Peacntree city, GA

“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a favorite friend of my parents. Laughter always filled the room whenever he and my father were...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Paula Noll - Jamestown, RI

“Bill's advice to "not retire to early" was a good one. I talked to Bill last Fall reminising and updating some historical info on NEFF Cape House. He...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Kevin Kavanagh - Marstons Mills, MA

“My heartfelt condolences to the family.Bill and Ruth were such very nice people.Michael, Renee Glorioso ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Michael Glorioso - Wellesley, MA


Leon Gray (Bill) Tuck, of Needham, formerly of Wellesley, passed peacefully after a brief illness on March 22.
Bill was born on January 10, 1928 in Boston and is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth Hanson Tuck, parents Leon P. and Joyeuse Tuck, and sister Hope Bedford. He is survived by his children Nancy Echlov and her husband Rich of Natick, Sally Tuck and her husband John Morin of Plymouth, and Joy Wilson and her husband Bill Bohannon of Hartwell, Georgia. Affectionately known as "Grandfather" he was very much loved by his grandchildren Russell Echlov and his wife Jennifer, Samantha Ensslin and her husband Sam, Carter Wilson and his partner Emily Muller, and Joanna Murphy and her husband Ben, as well as 5 great-grandchildren Nicolas, Juliana, Sofia, Abby and Harrison.
A native New Englander, Bill graduated from Tabor Academy and from Nichols College. Bill was a proud veteran and received the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) for his service in the Korean Conflict. His long work career in the food business ended at the age of 85; he was known to advise others not to retire too early because he enjoyed the relationships he formed with the people he met in his business career with Star Market, Sara Lee, Hendrie's Frozen Foods, and Johnson O'Hare. A past president of the New England Food Foundation (1985), he was passionate about his humanitarian involvement with the Nazareth Child Care Center and The Cape House. Bill was a member of Brae Burn Country Club and enjoyed playing bridge and following Boston sports. Bill was a kind and caring man with a mischievous side that brought much fun and laughter for those he touched, especially his family who are grateful and blessed for his long life.
A private memorial service will be held at a future date.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Bill's memory to NEFF Cape House, P.O. Box 960788, Boston, MA 02196-0788 or online at http://www.nefoodfoundation.org/donate-today/.

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A private memorial service will be held at a future date.