With overcast skies and a brisk wind blowing, friends and customers stopped by San Clemente Cyclery Tuesday to pay respects to owner John Cuchessi.
This shop on the corner of El Camino Real had become a memorial for Cuchessi, who died Sunday while on a weekly ride. Cuchessi was 54. He is survived by his wife, Susan Cuchessi; son, Andrew John Cuchessi; mother, Virginia Cuchessi; brother, Tony Cuchessi; and sister, Kathy Cuchessi.
Cuchessi had been building and repairing bikes since opening San Clemente Cyclery in 1974 and along the way touched many lives with his dedication to God and his community. “He was very committed to this community,” said Pete van Nuys, friend. “Very happy in his choice of work, he felt blessed and wanted to share that with people.”
Cuchessi’s love of riding led him to becoming one of the founders of the San Clemente Renegades, which became known as a social group with 80 members who holds socials and recreational rides.
It was on his way back from their weekly Sunday ride to the south end of Camp Pendleton, when
according to the coroner, Cuchessi had a heart attack and died on his way to the hospital.
A viewing is set Thursday, May 22 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with at rosary at 7 p.m. at Lesneski
Mortuary (640 S. El Camino Real). On Friday, services begin at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church
(105 La Esperanza). On Saturday, David Metzger, a close friend, will host a memorial service/paddle out
at 10 a.m. at T Street. –Paulina Woods