Local woman's memory goes on to inspire

Janny Rodriguez reporting

The story of Carolyn Bucca is all too familiar to all too many. A vibrant, successful and happy 56-year-old woman who was brave enough to share her struggle with breast cancer with the First Coast.

Carolyn died Friday after the cancer, started in her breast, spread and metastasized to her bones. 

We first met Carolyn last October and she gave us the privilege of joining her journey as she courageously battled cancer. She shared with us her fears and her hopes her hopes and allowed us to be there as she checked experiences off of her bucket list.

You may remember our Janny Rodriguez helped make her number one wish come true, meeting Tim Tebow last month. Her motto was “Let go, let God.”

Our goal in sharing Carolyn’s story with you, is to inspire action whether it be signing up for the Donna Marathon to finish breast cancer, or taking part in Buddy Check 12.

Carolyn's sister Lorraine wrote her a touching obituary

Born on Valentine's Day 1960.  The first child of Arnold and Ruth Dibble.  Carolyn, passed away at home after a courageous battle with breast cancer on September 2nd, 2016.  Carolyn married the love of her life Dominick Bucca on April 29th, 1989.  They made their home in Jacksonville, Florida.  Carolyn used her organizational skills as an Administrative Assistant for Citi Bank, until disability forced her into an early retirement.

After graduation from high school, she received a degree in Business from Herkimer Community College.  Carolyn enjoyed singing and over the years participated in many choirs, even singing at her own wedding.  She was an active member of the Red Hat society, Bosom Buddies and a mentor and leader of Breast Cancer support groups.  Carolyn always encouraged others in their battles, with kind supporting words of comfort.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Dominick of 27 years.  Her parents Arnold and Ruth Dibble of Hobart, NY.  Her sister Lorraine Desabrais (Claude) Tupper Lake, NY.  Two brothers Keith (Karin) Dibble  and their children, Brandon, Tyler, Jordan, and Jessica from Johnson City, NY. Wesley (Darcy) Dibble and their children, Matthew, Katherine, and Alexandria, from Chemung NY.  Linda Bucca mother in law and sister in law Andreana and Ray Hamilton and their children, Matthew and Jeremy, from Jacksonville, Florida.  She is also blessed with several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and many special friends.

Carolyn touched many in her short years on earth with her beautiful smile and kind and gentle ways.  Go forth and live by her motto, Let go and let God.  She is rejoicing in heaven with the angles, singing her favorite songs.

Carolyn has requested donations to the Tim Tebow Foundation.


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