Vito Colapinto, 90, of Bristol, widower of Irene (Fuller) Colapinto, died on Wednesday (March 13, 2013) at Ingraham Manor. Vito was born in Bristol on May 31, 1922 and was a son of the late Antonio and Antoinette (Spinelli) Colapinto. He was a lifelong Bristol resident and graduated from Bristol High School in 1940. He then entered the United States Navy where he served during World War II and saw sea duty aboard the USS Gandy (DE-764). A carpenter by trade, he built several houses in Bristol working for his uncle, John. He then worked with Carpenter Construction for many years and for the Bristol Board of Education for 13 years before retiring in 1990. An avid athlete, he played basketball, baseball, and football in school. It was baseball where he really excelled. Known as "Lefty", he pitched for his teams at Bristol High School, New Departure, and in the Navy, as well as various Bristol teams. He was inducted into the Bristol Tramps Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also an avid golfer who played until recently. Vito was a parishioner of St. Anthony Church, Bristol. He leaves a son, Thomas Colapinto of Bristol; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Walter Ostapchuk of East Orleans, MA, Susan and Paul Nichols, Paula and Keith Magyar, and Nancy and Michael Ginnerty, all of Bristol; a brother, Dominic Colapinto of Bristol; two sisters, Carmella Coratola of Bristol, and Adele Bellezzi of Florida; ten grandchildren, Carrie (Daniel) Holmes, Christopher (Paula) Ostop, Jonathan and Andrew Nichols, Eric Colapinto, Katherine and Colleen Magyar, and Patrick, Joseph, and Brian Ginnerty; five great-grandchildren, Brady, Christian, and Calla Holmes, and Keegan and Tanner Ostop; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Peter and infant, Jack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Friday between 5 and 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ingraham Manor Rehabilitation Fund, c/o Bristol Hospital Development Fund, PO Box 977, Bristol, CT 06011-0977. Please visit Vito's memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.