Joseph 'Joey Buck' Piccolo, 86

Posted: April 02, 1993

Joseph "Joey Buck" Piccolo, an "old school" mobster who liked his hats and wasn't much for violence, died yesterday. He was 86.

Piccolo, uncle to former mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, is identified in the Pennsylvania Crime Commission report as a soldier in the Philadelphia crime family. He is the brother of Anthony Frank "Tony Buck" Piccolo, 70, reigning consigliere, or underboss, to mob boss John Stanfa.

Joseph Piccolo was one of four Piccolo brothers, considered from the "old school" of gangsters once active under the late mob boss Angelo Bruno.

"All the Piccolo brothers were low-key and wore hats, 'Jeff' caps," according to a police organized crime source. Joseph "was a lowkey gentleman mobster."

Every brother but Anthony "Tony Buck" Piccolo was a soldier in the crime family, according tothe source. The brothers once owned Piccolo's 500, a nightclub and restaurant at 11th and Christian streets, where Cous' Little Italy and Torano's once stood.

As they got older they got out of the business, in the mid- to late 1960s. Nicholas died of natural causes in 1989, according to a crime commission report.

Joey Buck was a subordinate to Francis "Faffy" Ianarella and turned his gambling receipts into him during the 1980s before Ianarella went to prison.

Joey Buck was "not openly violent"; none of the Piccolo brothers were, said the source. "If somebody owed money on a loansharking debt, they'd have one of the musclemen . . . pay a visit."

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose Siciliano; a daughter, RoseMarie; seven sisters, Theresa, Katherine Scarfo, Angelina Fella, Elizabeth Polito, Rose Dellanave, Nancy and Rosalie Vicari, and another brother, Michael.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 10th and Christian streets.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Baily Road and Wycombe Avenue, Yeadon, Delaware County.

Friends may call between 7 and 9:30 tonight at the Pennsylvania Burial Co., 1327 S. Broad St.

At a recent funeral of a mobster of Joey Buck's vintage, they buried his hat with him.

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