FILOMENO, Joseph D., CPA
Joseph D. Filomeno, CPA, 85, of West Hartford, beloved husband for 39 years of the late Yolanda Lynn (DiLoreto) Filomeno, passed away peacefully on Sunday (October 6, 2013) with his family by his side. Born on November 22, 1927 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Salvatore "Sam" and Mary (DeFranco) Filomeno. He was a 1945 graduate of Bulkeley High School. After serving in the Army, he graduated from UConn with an Accounting degree in 1951. Joe was always looking to improve life for himself and those around him. The son of a fruit vendor, Joe went to college, became a CPA and went on to establish Filomeno & Company in 1966, a prominent accounting firm in West Hartford. He wouldn't stop there. He went on to become one of the founders of the Rocky Hill Bank & Trust in 1964, which later merged into New Britain Bank & Trust. After the merger, Joe was selected to join the NBBT Board of Directors, and he enjoyed serving in that capacity for many years. Joe also turned his energy to the improvement of the community. In 1966, when West Hartford needed a new church, Joe got involved and became a charter member of St. Helena's Church. Perhaps Joe's passionate desire to help others was best fulfilled when he became a charter member of the Farmington branch of UNICO in 1970. UNICO is an Italian organization with the motto "Service above Self," which was how Joe lived. He worked tirelessly with true compassion for UNICO's cause and developed many lifelong friendships. For 43 years, he helped chair the annual pasta dinners and golf tournaments and helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for those in need. As a graduate of UConn School of Accounting and with the continuing desire to improve the lives of others, Joe created the Filomeno Family Accounting Scholarship. He took such pride in presenting the chosen accounting students with their scholarship checks every year. In 2007, Joe was inducted into the UConn School of Business Hall of Fame. His most cherished moments, however, were family gatherings, holidays and making homemade wine with his boys and grandsons. He loved his Thursday night dinners with his grandchildren, making sausage and peppers and chicken cutlets. His greatest joy was his Cape Cod home: summers filled with fishing, boating, cookouts and making his famous baked stuffed clams. He especially enjoyed Sundays on the outer beach with his wife and family, sharing laughs and "smiles." Joe also brought the family on several vacations to Cancun, Mexico, which produced memories never to be forgotten. He now joins his loving, devoted and supportive wife Lynn in heaven. He will be dearly missed by his three loving sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Franca, Thomas and Madelyn and Michael and Jeannie. He loved and was extremely proud of his nine grandchildren and their accomplishments, whether it be sports, school or college graduations: Mark, Joseph, James, Nicholas, Christopher, Madelyn, Alexander, Jacquelyn and Taylor. He is also survived by two beloved sisters, Anna DiCiccio of Wethersfield and Marie Rizzio of Old Saybrook; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth DiLoreto of Farmington, plus 13 wonderful nieces and nephews who were all so special to him. Joe also leaves Lillian Quagliano, his special friend who shared many happy times, memories, family and social events. They enjoyed family dinners, singing Italian songs in the car together and sitting on their bench in Florida enjoying conversation and the ocean breeze. Joe's family would like to thank the staff of the St. Francis Oncology Department for all their care and support and the wonderful caregivers of Avery Heights Rehab Unit for making him so comfortable with their love, care and compassion in his final days. We all very much appreciate the tremendous support and comfort from family, friends and neighbors during his illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory may be made to either the St. Francis Hospital Oncology Department and mailed to: St. Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105 or The Filomeno Family Accounting Scholarship Fund-please make checks payable to The UConn Foundation, Inc., 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com.