Felice Coluccio was last seen 24
June, 1990 at Merrylands, Sydney, NSW. He caught a taxi from Merrylands to Cronulla and
has not been seen since. There are fears for the safety of Felice.
A TERRIBLE loss and an unsolved mystery inspired Adriano Coluccio’s
unconventional career change — from selling fruit and vegetables to becoming
an undertaker and providing funeral services.
Mr Coluccio was just 14 when his father Felice Coluccio went missing.
Mr Coluccio Sr, then 48, caught a taxi from Merrylands to Cronulla on June 24,
1990. He has not been seen again.
The family has been left with a permanent hole and perplexed by the
Every time Adriano Coluccio does a funeral service, he imagines how he would
want to say farewell to his father if he had the chance.
“I never had closure,” Mr Coluccio said. “I decided to help other people at the
lowest point of their lives.”
Mr Coluccio is now a father himself — and although he is in the business of
celebrating the end of life, he is as equally as committed to celebrating the
“It has opened up my mind in life,” Mr Coluccio said of his father’s mysterious
“I have four kids and a beautiful wife — I have learned never to take them for
“I spend as much time with them as I can.”
As he attends to families in the days of their devastation, Mr Coluccio has
learned even more about the value of life.
“I do funerals for people who have gone to bed and never woken up,” he said.
“I’ve done funerals for children.
“It changes your perspective on the bad days.
“I just try to enjoy my life as much as I can.”
Although it’s just on 27 years since his father disappeared, Mr Coluccio said he
still said a prayer for his father.
“Spiritually I lean on my Catholic faith — I grew up serving the mass as an
altar boy,” Mr Coluccio said.
“I pray, God, bring him home.
“But where ever he is, I pray he is happy.”
Merrylands man accused of murdering wife mentally unfit for
trial, Sydney court hears
A grandfather accused of stabbing his wife of 47 years to death while she
slept in their Western Sydney home has been deemed mentally unfit to stand
trial over her murder.
Vince Coluccio, 74, was dressed in prison greens and was assisted by an Italian
interpreter when the judgment was handed down in the NSW Supreme Court today.
Police alleged he stabbed Elia Coluccio with a kitchen knife while she was
asleep on the couch of their Merrylands property in February last year.
The elderly man then washed his hands before getting in the car and driving
himself to the local police station where he was charged with murder.
Before delivering his decision, Justice Robert Hulme extended his sympathies to
the loved ones of Ms Coluccio, none of whom were in court today.
"Undoubtedly this is a sad case — I extend my sincere condolences to those who
grieve the loss of Elia," he said.
Adam Martin and forensic psychologist David Greenberg found the alleged killer
suffered from either "psychotic depression or schizophrenia", the court heard.
"He seemed confused as to whether his wife was alive or dead," Dr Martin said in
a written statement.
"His limited understanding would hamper his ability to defend or give evidence."
The court heard Mr Coluccio told one of the doctors he believed his wife was
having an affair when he allegedly killed her in the family living room last
"He claimed the deceased had been cheating on him and that his children were
mocking him …at other times, he appeared tearful and expressed remorse,"
Professor Greenberg said in a written statement.
Mr Coluccio's brother disappeared almost 30 years ago, which doctors have
attributed to his deteriorating mental health, the court heard.
"He claimed his brother was god and that he could hear his voice," Professor
Justice Hulme said there was strong evidence to suggest Mr Coluccio failed to
understand any of his previous court proceedings.
"There is compelling evidence Mr Coluccio is unfit to stand trial — he
experienced delusions and remains confused if the deceased is actually dead," he
"On the basis of uncontested evidence of the experts, I find him unfit to be
Mr Coluccio stared blankly at the judge when the decision was handed down and
his case was referred to the Mental Health Review Tribunal for further
He will remain behind bars at Long Bay Jail pending the findings of the tribunal
at a later date.