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Rizieri Randolph Comai Sr.

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READSBORO -- Mr. Rizieri Randolph Comai Sr., 90, of Depot Street, Readsboro, died Friday, July 30, 2004, at the North Adams Regional Hospital where he was admitted on July 23 following a brief illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Readsboro, born on June 12, 1914, a son of the late Roudolf Comai and Enrica (Cristofolini) Comai. He was educated in Readsboro schools.

He was first employed for four years with the former Readsboro Chair Shop in Readsboro. He then joined the former Deerfield Glassine Company in Monroe Bridge, Mass. and was employed with them and its successor, the Deerfield Specialty Papers Company, for 49 1/2 years until his retirement in 1981.

Mr. Comai was a lifelong active member of the Readsboro community as a member of the Readsboro Volunteer Fire Department for more than 50 years, serving as fire chief for 10 years, and conducted training sessions for the Readsboro Junior Fire Department. He served as a justice of the peace for more than 40 years, served as a constable for the town for several years and was a bailiff for the village of Readsboro for several years. He also served as a director of civil defense for 12 years. He was a member of the Trentino Society of Readsboro and the Deerfield Valley Sportsmans Club and Honorary Member of the Whitingham Rod and Gun Club.

In his younger years, he played the French horn with the former Readsboro Band and coached Little League Baseball and served as president of the Readsboro Parent Teachers Association.

Mr. Comai was a lifelong communicant of St. Joachim’s Church of Readsboro, and a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 10105 of Wilmington. He also was a member of the Lions Club of Readsboro and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Humanitarian Service awarded by the Lions Club national office.

His first wife was the former Mary J. Jarvis whom he married in 1936. She died in 1948.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Lena Ellen Lowe, whom he married on Aug. 25, 1956 in St. Joachim Church, Readsboro; two daughters, Sheila Jones of Northfield Falls and Kathy Hiehle of Redondo Beach, Calif.; two sons, Roudolph R. Comai of Readsboro and Rizieri R. Comai of Saxton River; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs Evelyn King of Williamstown, Mass. and Mrs. Elide Dassatti of Readsboro; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Julia Ann Colo, on Jan. 7, 1999, and a son, Dennis Gene Comai, on May 16, 1997. He was also predeceased by a sister, Gemma Burdick, and three brothers, Randolpho Comai, Legio Comai and Gino Comai.

Funeral services for Rizieri Comai will take place Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim Church, Tunnel Street, Readsboro with the Rev. Joseph Tate, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Readsboro. Calling hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams, Mass., are Sunday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, any donations in his memory are suggested for St. Joachim Church through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 31, 2004
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