Louis Bresciano Jr., well-known local restaurateur, dies at 71
GREENFIELD — Whether he was serving up delicious dishes at the Country Club of Greenfield, flipping burgers at a tailgating party in Foxborough or taking his family out for weekly dinners, Louis P. Bresciano Jr. was always a beacon of love and generosity, says friends, family and community members.
The well-known Greenfield resident died early Tuesday morning at his home. He was 71. He was the father of two sons and one daughter and five grandchildren.
He was a common sight at the Country Club of Greenfield, where he served as food service manager from 1991 until his retirement in 2012. After his retirement, Bresciano continued to run the golf league on Thursday nights.
The loss is tough for the country club, which also lost James “Bucky” O’Brien, a longtime golf professional at the country club earlier this year, said Tim Farrell, president of the club.
Bresciano, who was nicknamed “Large,” was one of a kind, friends and family said.
“He was great to members of the club, to his family. He was a good person,” said Farrell. “He was one of the most generous guys I’ve ever known, worked with and been friends with.”
Bresciano worked in the food industry for much of his life. Bresciano worked at the Greenfield Lodge of Elks where he helped his father serve dinner. Before that, he served as a call firefighter for the Greenfield Fire Department after he graduated Greenfield High School in 1960.
“He always had a huge family. Cooking for a lot of people was a normal thing for him,” Julie Maloney, his daughter, said.
For 10 years, he owned and managed The Cookie Factory on Federal Street, where he’d offer soft-baked chocolate peanutbutter cookies, whoopie pies and chocolate brownies. The bakery will stay open. It is the process of transferring to another owner who will carry on the business.
Rubi Martinez has worked for Sophia’s Pizza next door to The Cookie Factory for three years. She fondly remembers visiting Bresciano each Sunday at his bakery, where he lightheartedly joked.
“He was amazing and sweet,” Martinez said. “He had a big heart. He was funny. He always had his stories to tell.”
“He was certainly well known locally in the food world,” said Ann Hamilton, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. “I think it will be a real loss to his family and to the community.”
Bresciano became known as the man and friend who’d give anyone the shirt off his back.
Often, he’d hire people in transition to work for him in the club’s kitchen.
“He’d do anything for anyone if they asked,” said Kevin Piecuch, a golf professional at the country club and friend. “He was one of the most kind-hearted persons I’ve ever met.”
Many friends remember Bresciano for his love of the New England Patriots. He was a season ticket holder.
“When he put on a tailgate party, it was like having a restaurant in the parking lot,” Farrell said. “People used to be jealous of the spread he’d put out for us.”
Most of all, Bresciano was a family man.
“His family was everything to him,” said Maloney. “That was his biggest thing. He loved his family. All his friends were his family.”
Funeral services are still being determined.