Ross 'Buddy' Brunetti

February 13, 1933 - March 3, 2021

"World Traveler"

Ross “Buddy” Brunetti died peacefully at his home on March 3, 2021. He was born on February 13,1933 in Bingham Canyon, Utah to Tony and Mary Brunetti, and was the middle of 5 children growing up in Bingham Canyon and later Midvale, Utah.  He graduated from Jordan High School in 1952.

Ross was the best damn mechanic in the world who could fix or build anything. He was a combat veteran in Korea serving in the US Army.  His black ’55 Chevy Bel Air was his pride and joy which proved irresistible to a beautiful Holy Cross Hospital student nurse from Price, Utah.  Ross worked for General Electric as Manager of Service World-Wide for the Off-Highway Motorized Wheel Division.  He literally traveled the world and had the stories and pictures to prove it.  We could always find him surrounded by friends and family listening to the amazing stories about his adventures.

Although he lost much of his hearing in the war, he never lost his zest for a good story, a glass of fine scotch, or a piece of our mother’s pie. He could grow anything and planted roses for his wife that bloomed long before and well after they should.   He provided his unduplicated basil to most of the Italian restaurants and delis in town and was a fine chef himself.  His Italian sausage sandwiches were the toast of the Utah Utes Football tailgaters.

Buddy’s love for gardening was surpassed only by his love for his wife, children and three beautiful grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his amazing, loving and selflessly devoted wife of 52 years Connie (Fratto) Brunetti.  He is survived by his son Dr. Ross (Andrea) Brunetti; daughter Alicia Dias; grandchildren Ross D. Brunetti, Mark Brunetti, and J Dias. 

There was not a life that he touched that was not forever changed for the better.  A man of deep faith he was, a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.  He and mom sacrificed to send their children to St. Vincent’s School and Judge Memorial High School.  Later in life they retired to the dream home he designed and built for mom near Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic condition of our world there will be a private mass and interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  When we can hug and kiss like true Italians we will have a celebration of Buddy’s life.

Buddy's mass and burial will be livestreamed for those who wish to join virtually.  Please return to this site on Tuesday, March 9th and click the "Watch Service" button above.  Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:30 AM.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00.  Committal will follow.  The service will remain on this website for all to watch on demand thereafter.

Memorial donations may be made in our father’s name to Judge Memorial Catholic High School.

Please check back soon for tribute slideshow.