San Diego’s Italian community mourns the loss of arts leader Victor Laruccia

Apr 04, 2022 213


Those who knew Victor Laruccia describe him as larger than life. “Everything was big about him,” said his stepdaughter Jennifer Davies. “He had a big heart, he was generous with his time and his thoughts, he had big hugs — everyone knows the big Victor bear hug — he had a big laugh, a big smile, and most of all, he had a big brain.”

The 80-year-old San Diego resident died on March 17 after losing his battle with stage 4 stomach cancer. Friends and family agree his legacy will live on through the San Diego Italian Film Festival, which he founded nearly 17 years ago.

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