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Gigi, '13 GTS 300ie Touring
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Chris Bucci, AKA Booch, passed away this morning due to complications stemming from pancreatic cancer.

You might remember him as the man who rode from Phoenix to Cleveland last summer. We were honored to meet Chris while he was in Phoenix to pick up his new-to-him Vespa. We happily spent a handful of hours getting to know him before he rode off the next day.

His posts can be found here.
https://modernvespa.com/members/booch/activity

We texted most weeks since then. Chris liked to share the music he loved and had great taste. He became a professional guitarist in his late teens, playing on stage with some of the most iconic bands of the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2000s, as well as session work on countless albums.

This last month had been hard on him. He spent a few days in a coma early this month due to massive blood loss. He survived and got out, only to return a week or so later. He didn't know how he got to the hospital that last time but was startled to discover he'd been in a coma for a week. Chris wasn't lucky enough to make it home again.

All he wanted was to ride back to Arizona for AmeriVespa and enjoy his remaining time on Earth. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Booch, may heaven greet you with open arms and a shiny new Vespa.
Dixie & Chris in Payson, AZ.
Dixie & Chris in Payson, AZ.
Booch's pride.
Booch's pride.
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2024 300 GTS "Classico" + 2001 ET2 50
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Though I never had the pleasure, I'm sorry to hear about Booch's passing. The photo you posted shows a certain "Buccismo" that will live on in many folks' memories.

Arrivederci, Booch...
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'16 Sprint S 150, 2 x '06 GTS 250, '12 GTS 300, '74 Vespa 150 Super
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So sad but a beautiful write up on him. RIP and May he be riding the scooter of his dreams to great rallys!🛵
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Genuinely sorry to hear that.

I'm lowering the MV flag to half mast.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2013 Piaggio BV 350, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
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May the road rise up to meet you.
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Very sad
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Never had the pleasure, but it certainly sounds like that's what it definitely would have been.

RIP.
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Very sad to hear, RIP Booch.
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My condolences to all who had the fortune to get to know him personally.
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Dang. Would have been nice to be able to get AV done, but guess it wasn't to be.
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God Bless him and his family.
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1991 Vespa T5 Pole Position, 2008 Vespa S 125, 2023 Piaggio MP3 300HPE Sport
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Rock On In Peace Booch Scooter emoticon
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Quote:
Does anyone remember the old roadrunner cartoons when they would always stop the cartoon with the Characters frozen in action and there would be a caption on the screen something like coyotius hungricus". And then "roadrunner is too fasticus"
Well if I was in one of those cartoons the caption would say
"Vesbutticus hurticus"
A funny guy, that Booch. I remember reading his Odyssey journal. RIP.
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I've taken the time to read through all of his MV posts and he comes over as a good guy.

It's obvious that he was really looking forward to his ride to Amerivespa in June and it's so sad that he will never make it.

RIP Booch.

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Condolences to friends and family. Sail on.
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2007 250 GTS, 1980 P200E, 2010 ThunderFly 190 (SOLD) 2015 Yamaha SMax (SOLD)
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As soon as I saw the black banner at the top of the page, I knew we had lost one of our own.

I missed my chance to see him in Cleveland last summer, so I never got to meet him.

I hope his memory will comfort family and friends in the coming days.
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RIP & Scoot On in Heaven...
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So sad. Godspeed to Chris.
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Sounds like a great guy - would've been nice to meet him. Condolences to his family & friends..
Thanks for the touching writeup...
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Booch's journey was one of the first things I read on MV. He and I own the same Vespa (year and color). I'll head out tomorrow for a ride in his memory.
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Nautiker wrote:
Sounds like a great guy - would've been nice to meet him. Condolences to his family & friends..
Thanks for the touching writeup...

I could not have written my feelings better. RIP
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