Longtime St. Louis business leader Kim Tucci dies at 78

ST. LOUIS - One of St. Louis' greatest champions has died. Kim Tucci, the co-founder of the Pasta House restaurant chain, lost his battle with cancer Monday. He was 78.

The word "champion" pretty much sums it up. Name a charity or public service commission in St. Louis; Kim Tucci was more than likely involved with the organization. Tucci was president of the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation and a professor at Saint Louis University. He served on a host of commissions and boards for charities and public service, from Heat Up St. Louis and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to the Taxi Cab Commission, the Convention and Visitors Commission, and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis, confirmed Monday in an email expressing their condolences.

“We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend Kim Tucci.  It is a loss for the entire St. Louis community, which he loved, and for all of us who knew and loved him.  As an Executive Committee Member of our Commission and the President of the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation, Kim has long been a champion of the hospitality industry and the entire St. Louis region.  He will be deeply missed.”

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