Columbo E. Crescenzi , WWII survivor was called home to his heavenly father on January 22, 2014 after a long struggle with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Diabetes. He was born on Columbus Day October 12, 1923 and lived in Milford all of his life. Son of the late Antonio and Carmella (DiNardo) Crescenzi. Brother of the late Adam, Amelia and Fred Crescenzi. He was raised in Prospect Heights in Milford. Inducted into the arm services on April 19, 1943. He fought in 5 battles Naples, Foggia, Rome, Argo, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He joined the third infantry division on the front lines at Cassino Italy. He was on the fron t lines at Cassino when General Dwight Eisenhower gave order to the U.S Air Force to bomb the Cassino Monastery because the Germans used it as a defense line. 500 planes took part in the raid which destroyed the monastery. During the war he was promoted from 1st class private to Sergeant on the field. He was discharged from the service Nov 17, 1945. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Victory Medal, European Africa Middle astern Campaign Ribbon w/ bronze arrowhead. Distinguished unit badge, CO 44-45 Croix De Guerre ribbon w/palm from the French Army and French Government. Columbo was also the initial factor for establishing the WWII Veterans Memorial located at the Prospect Heights Park. At his 90th birthday he was honored by Congressman Joseph Kennedy, Senator Richard Moore, State Rep. John Fernandes and State Rep Kevin Kuros. On that day Sargent Crescenzi received resolutions for his above service and a good citizenship for his work on the WWII Memorial at Prospect Heights. Columbo worked as a painter and owned his own painting business for many years. He went to work for Cushion Hospital as paint foreman and an Italian/ English interpreter. He retired from Cushing Hospital in 1988. As a young man he headed up the project for the WWII Memorial at Prospect Height. He tells the story that many families didn't have the ten dollars to give to put their sons name on the memorial so when he would get paid at the end of each week he would pay for them until everyone's name was listed. Columbo had many interests and hobbies including music, he played the guitar, sang and played the harmonica. He was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. He was a carpenter, a mechanic (he went back to night school at BVT ) in his late forties. He was a painter by trade and an artist in his own right. He was a fabulous cook and is famous for his Friday night pizzas that he would deliver to his grandchildren. He was a jack of all trades and would happily share his secrets with his neighbors and families. He would go out of his way to help whenever he could. He loved unconditionally, forgave willingly and smiled always. Columbo was the husband of Lena Bella (Russo) Crescenzi of 62 years. In addition to his wife he is survived by his son Anthony Crescenzi, his daughter Geraldine Crescenzi and his daughter and caretaker Maria Newman, his son in-law and caretaker Paul Newman and his beloved and adored grandchildren Katelyn and Brian Newman. He also leaves behind Lee Oliveri and Donna Sammarco who was like a father to them, when they lost their father at an early age. He also leaves his family of doctors, nurses, caregivers, companions and friends at the Blaire House of Milford where he has resided for the last three years. He was given peace, comfort and compassion there. Let it be known that his presence in the Newman family will forever be missed, but his gracious heart, unselfish attitude and his sense of humor will carry on through their family. he columboisms" will be repeated for generations to come. We will meet again Dad in the gardens of heaven; in the meantime I will visit you in the gardens you planted at my home. May you rest in eternal peace, as you soar into heaven on guitar strings, into your loving father's arms where you will be held with no more suffering. Godspeed dad, "there isn't another one like you". We also would like to thank New England Hospice and Maryann Fitzsimmmons for their excellent care of Columbo in the last days of his life. Visiting hours will be Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 from 8:30 -10 AM in the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford. Funeral Services with full Military Honors will follow with Mass of Christian Burial, Sat., Jan. 25, 2 014 at 10:30 AM in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Man St., Milford. Followed by a burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Medway Rd., Milford. Donations, if desired, may be made to D.A.V ( Disabled American Veterans) Room 546, State House Boston MA 02133 or spend an hour at your local nursing home visiting the residents. www.bumafuneralhome.com.
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Published in Milford Daily News on Jan. 24, 2014