Alphonse Buck Iannacone
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Westport Resident, W.W. II Veteran
Alphonse Buck Iannacone, 88, of Westport, Connecticut, husband of the late Florence Esposito Iannacone, passed away Friday, July 25th in Norwalk Hospital.
Mr. Iannacone was born February 6, 1926 in Norwalk, CT, son of the late Sebastian and Gesomina Iannacone and has been a resident of Westport for the past sixty-one years. Prior to retiring in 1971, Buck worked for the U.S. Postal Service for twenty years, including ten years as president of the Norwalk Local Postal Union.
In May of 1944, prior to graduation, Buck left Norwalk High School and enlisted in the Army. He proudly served his country during World War II, fighting in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre and receiving a ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star as well as fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. While in England a short time later, he was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart. Buck, a member of Westport's Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post #399, received a military medical discharge. Fifty-six years later in 2001, he and five other other World War II veterans donned their caps and gowns and walked across the stage to receive the high school diploma they never thought they would see.
In 2005, Buck was honored by the Norwalk Old Timers Athletic Association and received the annual Sportsmen Award. In 2009, he served as the Grand Marshal for the Festival Italiano. In 2010, the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance presented Buck with the John Wentworth Good Sport Award for his unselfish dedication in local sports. In 2012, he served as the Grand Marshal for the Westport Memorial Day parade. Buck was also a member of Saugatuck Hose Co. # 4 Volunteer Fire Department, Norwalk Laurel Athletic Club, and a volunteer for countless number of organizations, including the Special Olympics and Star.
Of the many accolades he received and of all the organizations he was involved with, the one closest to Buck's heart was the Westport PAL. He first joined in 1953 as a football coach, and sixty-one years later, as their oldest active member, he has done just about everything else since then. Travelling to Denver, CO in 2008, he was honored and received the prestigious National PAL Award for his many years of volunteerism.
Survivors include his son, Robert (and Kim) Iannacone of Westport, CT., his daughter, Susan Halpern of Myrtle Beach, SC, his sister, Eleanor DeLallo of Norwalk, CT, his five grandchildren, Lee (and Laura) Halpern, Stacey (and Nate) Clemens, Mark (and Shannon) Halpern, Kellie and Zachary Iannacone, and four great grandchildren, Jaxon, Luciano, MJ, and Brinley Halpern. He was predeceased by his brother, Alexander Iannacone, four sisters, Antonette Coppola, Millie Gisolfi, Rosie Letizia, and Mary Iannacone, and son-in-law, Barry Halpern.
Services will take place on Wednesday at 9:30 AM at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport and at 10:00 AM at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at Assumption Cemetery, Kings Highway North, Westport, CT. Friends may visit the family Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Harding Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westport PAL Scholarship Fund In Memory of Buck Iannacone. Checks can be mailed to Westport PAL c/o Sam Arciola, 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880. To leave an online condolence, please visit http://www.hardingfuneral.com.
Published in The Hour from July 28 to July 29, 2014