Gelmetti, Ricco J.
Ricco J. Gelmetti, age 87, of Little Egg Harbor passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Seacrest Manor Nursing Home, Little Egg Harbor. Born in East Hartford, CT, on February 26, 1926, Mr. Gelmetti lived there and in Fairfield, CT for many years before moving to Little Egg Harbor. He went to Hartford High School, and entered the Navy directly from High School. While in the service, he attended Wentworth Institute for Engineering in Boston, MA. He graduated from the University of Connecticut (College of Arts and Sciences) in 1951, with a degree in physics and engineering. Mr. Gelmetti's first job was at Westinghouse in Philadelphia. He was later employed at Avco Lycoming in Stratford, CT, where he worked on a gas turbine engine that is now in the Smithsonian Institute. He received many awards for suggestions and excellent work as an engineer. While a resident of Fairfield, CT, Mr. Gelmetti was a member of St Thomas RC Church, where he was elected to the Lay Council and was one of the parish's first lectors. He was active in organizing their bowling league, and was active with the Boy Scouts. In 1960, he was elected a committeeman and served as a park commissioner. After moving to Little Egg Harbor in 1987, Mr. Gelmetti became an active member of St. Theresa RC Church, where he was an usher and participated in parish fundraising and building campaigns. He was active in the Mystic Shores committee as well, being elected to their board and serving on several committees. In 1990, he was elected to the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee, and served as Deputy Mayor of Little Egg Harbor during his tenure, as well as on the Zoning and Library Boards. He was an avid fisherman, bowler and golfer. Mr. Gelmetti was predeceased by his parents, John and Madeline Gelmetti, his sister, Eda Ragone, and his brother, Angelo Gelmetti. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Kaminsky) Gelmetti; his children, Richard and his wife Lisa of Westfield, NJ, Mary Christine Carlisi and her husband Peter of Wilton, NY; Robert and his wife Barbara of Cheshire, CT, Patrick of Alexandria, VA, and John and his wife Jacquelyn of Trumbull, CT; 11 grandchildren, and many cousins and nieces and nephews in both the US and Affi, Italy. Visitation will be on Friday from 2-5pm at the Maxwell Funeral Home, 160 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor, and on Saturday from 10:30 until the 11am Mass of Christian Burial at St Theresa RC Church, Little Egg Harbor. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the St Theresa Building Fund, 450 Radio Rd Little Egg Harbor NJ 08087.
Published in Fairfield Citizen from July 11 to July 12, 2013