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Anthony Dominic Ambrosino

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AMBROSINO Anthony Dominic Ambrosino passed away in his home on February 17, 2007, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was a loving husband, a devoted father, a good and kind man of honesty, integrity, and devotion, who gave every ounce of his strength to his family, to doing right, to giving, to helping, supporting and reaching out to others. Never forgetting his humble and challenging beginnings, he was ever aware of the plight of the less fortunate, and did everything he could to support to his men at sea, his crew at Sikorsky, and his large and loving extended family. Tony was the son of Michel Angelo and Florence Ambrosino. Born Dec. 19, 1922, in the small town of Cementon, Penn., he swam with his brother and his buddies in the Lehigh River, played hide and seek throughout the streets, and was welcome in every home. He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Coast Guard. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, on the Navy USS Peoria in the invasion of Casablanca, later stationed at Oran, North Africa, the North Atlantic, and in the Pacific Theater. Upon his discharge, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Radio Electronics Institute as an Electronics Technician. A sonar specialist, as First Class Petty Officer, he was called from inactive reserve into the U.S. Navy for the Korean Conflict, serving on the CK Bronson DD668 in 1951 in the Atlantic Theatre. When he came home from the service, he worked with an inventor pioneering new manufacturing and metering machines still in common use. He worked in electronics at Bullard-s in Fairfield, at and Chance Vaught he worked on development of and prototypes for supersonic missiles and testing facilities. At Sikorsky Aircraft in Lordship, and then Stratford, he served as the Supervisor of Engineering Flight and Ground Testing Programs. He retired in 1988 after 36 years with Sikorsky, having fulfilled his dream of applying his considerable professional and managerial talents and skills as an aeronautical engineer. After retiring from Sikorsky-s Tony received an invitation to serve as an associate for the Smithsonian Institution, volunteering and working as a consultant on the restoration of the VS-44A Excambion, the last of the three flying boats designed by Igor Sikorsky, and on which he and Berta-s father, Ed Petrucelli, worked extensively in the 1950s. He loved working on the restoration with his old buddies from Sikorsky. The plane is now on display at the Smithsonian Air Museum in Hartford. Tony was a member of the American Helicopter Society and the U.S. Navy League and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. Tony married the love of his life, Roberta Petrucelli of Stratford, in 1950. In 1955, the family moved to Shelton, and in 1961, they designed and built by hand their home in Huntington in which they lived for the next 46 years. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Berta, their daughters Amy Ambrosino of New York City and Eliana Angela Ambrosino Falk, and son-in-law Alan Falk. He greatly loved and was very proud of his grandchildren, Adam, Marc, Zoe and her husband, Mark, and their children, Leah, Derek, Jaden and Kyle. He will be greatly missed by his brother, Samuel of Whitehall, PA, his sister-in-law Irene, his niece Connie Ambrosino Bowen and nephew Michael Ambrosino, several grand nieces and nephews, and his aunt, Carole Peters. Tony and Berta traveled extensively in the U.S., Hawaii, Canada, North Africa, Europe and England, India, Sikkim and Nepal, Italy, Greece, Israel and Turkey. He was a terrific Pinochle and Cribbage player, who knew how to swing a hammer, lay a brick and build and fix absolutely anything. He loved life and all it had to offer. Tony was a wonderful husband, a devoted father and true friend whose wit, wisdom, kindness grace and dignity will be forever missed. Our family extends our love and thanks to Edgar, Harriett, Mary, Indiana and Karen for their dedication and support of Tony and the family throughout his home Hospice care. At Tony-s request, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or Connecticut Hospice. Mourners may call at the Dennis & D-Arcy Funeral Home, 2611 Main St. Stratford (Today) Monday, February 19, 2007 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (viewing) and 6 to 8 pm.
Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 19, 2007
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