D.J. "Petro" Petruccelli passed away on May 14, 2010.
He was born on May 29, 1928, in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1946 and then joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Sonarman for two years. In 1951 he was recalled into the Korean conflict and served for nearly two years in Washington, D.C. as a Communication Technician.
Petruccelli graduated from St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa), with a degree in Business Administration & Economics in January of 1955, and started his long Chamber of Commerce career as the Executive Secretary of the Bettendorf, Iowa Chamber from February 1955 to July 1957 when he than assumed the duties of the Rice Lake, Wisc. Chamber. His Chamber duties took him to Sioux City, Iowa; La Crosse, Wisc., Fort Wayne, Ind.; Gadsden, Ala. and in August 1985, he was hired to head up the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce serving for 22 consecutive years and retiring on Feb. 1, 2008. He holds the record of being the longest-consecutive Chamber Executive in the country 53 years.
He was serving as the Executive Director of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Foundation when he died.
He married Marianne McGee on June 7, 1952, and, together, they had five children: John (Jane) Petruccelli in St. Petersburg, FL; Karen (Larry) Kasper in Fort Wayne, IN; Laura Petruccelli in Jacksonville, FL; Greg (Rhonda) Petruccelli in Tuscaloosa, AL; and Anthony Petruccelli in Fort Myers, FL. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Petruccelli was active in a number of local organizations, serving as a Director of the former Better Business Bureau as well as organizing the Consumer Fraud Awareness organization in 1997 and serving on the Lee County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board since December of 1985.