On July 28, 2017, John Batista Bruschi, “JBB”, 78, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle from pancreatic cancer with his beloved wife Filomena (Albano) Bruschi by his side. John was born on October 15, 1938, in Ludlow, MA, the loving son of the late John Bruschi and Rena (Diotalevi) Bruschi DeCarlo. He was a graduate of Ludlow High School, The Famous Artist School of Westport, CT and also attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Guard, 104th Division, 26th Infantry “Yankee” Division. John began his professional career as a graphic artist for Remington Advertising Agency in Springfield, MA, eventually becoming the company’s president and CEO. Some of his accounts included Riverside Park, Riverside Speedway, and the Eastern States Exposition, which he marketed as the “Big E”. John was actively involved in numerous other organizations which included President of Springfield Club of Printing House Craftsman, Governor of First District of Printing House Craftsman, and Treasurer of the International Association of Printing House Craftsman. Other membership societies include the Advertising Club, Exchange Club, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Country Club, The Valley Press Club and the Springfield Chapter of Unico. After John’s retirement from the advertising industry, he followed in his father-in-law’s footsteps by continuing the tradition of making his famous Italian ice at Albano’s Market in Springfield until the stores closing in 2015. John also had many interests and hobbies including building his own four level model railroad, museum quality model ships and radio control boats. He had a passion for painting with watercolors and oils, especially nature scenes of the Swift River where he often fly-fished using his own handmade lures. He also enjoyed playing golf with many of his childhood friends from Ludlow. He was an active member of the Amherst Railroad Society, Lusitano Alumni Association, Ludlow Fish and Game Club and the Springfield Star Club. John loved cooking, tending to his yard and had an appreciation for the wildlife that surrounded his home. From his back porch, he took great pleasure in looking at the galaxies, stars and planets using his Celestron Telescope. He and his wife enjoyed traveling over the years and more recently, their many trips to the Connecticut casinos with family and friends. John is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Filomena Bruschi, his sisters-in-law Theresa D’Angelantonio of Longmeadow, Anna Giordano and her husband Rosario of Longmeadow and Josephine Pellegrini and her partner Bob Murty of Springfield. He also leaves an aunt, Mary Diotalevi, devoted godson Fred Basile and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, stepfather Louis DeCarlo, stepsister Marie (Martin Tyburski), his in-laws Anna and Crescenzo Albano and his brother-in-law John D’Angelantonio. John was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Saint Patrick’s Church. The family would like to thank Beacon Hospice for their compassionate care. His family will receive friends on Sunday, July 30th from 3-6 PM at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow. His Funeral will begin on Monday, July 31st at 8:45 AM from the funeral home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Springfield. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St., Springfield, MA 01105 or St. Patrick’s Church, 1900 Allen St., Springfield, MA 01118. www.forastiere.com.