Minto, Joseph A.
Joseph A. Minto died Sunday, August 3, 2014, at home. He was a lifetime resident of Bridgeport and was the son of Joseph A. Minto, Sr. and Rosanna Stevens Minto. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley Mason Minto; daughter Doris Dunkelberger; sisters Rosanna Powers, Clara Mooney, Beatrice Richardson; and brothers John (Frank) Minto and James (Jim) Minto. He is survived by his wife Muriel York Minto, his daughter Bonnie Jo Minto of Niantic; his son-in-law Jay Dunkleberger and his wife Cathie of Rexford, NY; his grandson David Dunkleberger and his wife Julie, two great grandchildren Alex and Sydney of Clifton Park, NY, granddaughter Susan Nadeau and her husband Alan and two great grandchildren Cooper and Abby of Newbury, NH.
During World War II
Joe served in the 71st Infantry Regiment of the 44th division - Company M as a machine gunner. Among his decorations are: Combat Infantrymans Badge, Eukropean Medal with 4 Campaign Stars, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, German Occupation Medal, World War II Medal, 5 Bronze Stars
, and the Purple Heart
. In 2006 the French Government gave him their Legion of Honor Medal for his activities in WWII in helping free the French from the Germans. Their Legion of Honor Medal is equilavent to the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor
. On January 23, 2009 Joe was inducted into the Connecticut American Legion Hall of Fame. Joe was a life member of the American Legion, The VFW, the battle of the Bulge Assn., the Combat Infantryman's Assn., The Catholic War Vets, and several other veteran's organizations. He helped start, is a charter member of, and has been the Commander of the Grosso-Seavey American Legion Post 167 for the last 25 years. He recently had a monument placed at the flag pole at the North End Library in memory of and honoring his World War II comrades. Joe was very proud to be an American. In 1954 Joe was the first WWII veteran to be made Chef de Gare in the state of Connecticut. After many years in business, Joe was Chef de Gare of the 40 + 8, Voiture 63 for 2 years. He was voted Chef de Gare in the year 2006 by the Connecticut Grand Voiture. Joe was a life member and Past Commodore of the Pootatuck Yacht Club in Stratford. He was a retiree of the Jet Spray Corporation of Waltham, Ma. He later founded and was president of the Rainbow Syrup and Leasing Corp. He was very active in the Bridgeport Historical Society, and enjoyed being a member of the M.A.L.E.S. at the Baldwin Center in Stratford. Funeral arrangements are being made by the Spear-Miller Funeral Home in Fairfield. Per Joe's instructions there will be no calling hours or memorial service. Joe enjoyed all his family, friends and aquaintances. He just wished to say to everyone "Thanks a million for all the great memories (and laughs) we shared over the years".