ANTINOZZI Daniel P. Antinozzi Jr., architect of many religious, civic, ducational, and corporate buildings in Connecticut, died on December 20th in Naples FL. He died peacefully in sleep according to his wife, Jean. Mr. Antinozzi began his career in New York but returned to his home state in 1954 to open an architectural firm in Stratford CT. His early success was attributable to obtaining commissions for many Catholic parishes. The design of Catholic worship space at that time was transitioning from the traditional center aisle into fan shaped spaces that brought churchgoers much closer to the altar and encouraged participation. Mr. Antinozzi's talent for this design discipline was recognized by Diocesan and Parish leadership and over the next 35 years he designed more than 30 new Catholic churches and many church renovations. Mr. Antinozzi diversified his business by obtaining contracts to design schools. His experience from designing many Catholic schools qualified him for his first major municipal educational project in 1962. Other successful projects followed and the firm became a contender for municipal and state work throughout Connecticut. In Bridgeport the firm designed the City Hall on Lyon Terrace, the Police Station, Railroad Station, Central Avenue Fire Station, the Dinan Memorial Center and several schools. Municipal work expanded into many other towns for town halls and fire stations. Mr. Antinozzi was held in high esteem by his architectural colleagues, his many former employees, clients, business associates, those who constructed his buildings, and personal friends. In 1985 he retired due to health problems and moved to Naples FL with his wife Marilyn. He turned his artistic talents to being a water colorist and was active with the Naples Art Association. His work received several local awards. Marilyn, his wife for 48 years who was active in the management of the business and a gracious hostess for many business and social occasions during his career, died suddenly in 1994. In 1997 he and Jean (Test) were married. In appreciation of his volunteer work in connection with the construction of a church in Peru and his professional contribution to the Catholic Church, Mr. Antinozzi was named a Knight of St. Gregory. Throughout his adult life Mr. Antinozzi was an avid golfer with memberships at Racebrook CC in Orange CT, Wyndemere CC and The Moorings CC in Naples FL, and Westbrook CC in Mansfield OH. He was born on February 2, 1920 to Daniel P. Antinozzi and Leonora (Rich) Antinozzi of Derby, CT. He had three brothers, Leonard, Peter, and Arthur and a sister Katherine. Upon completing grammar school in Derby he went to Hopkins School in New Haven. He obtained his college education at Catholic University of America in Washington DC, graduating in 1943. It was at this time he met Marilyn Hawke who was attending Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross. He was awarded the School Medal for General Excellence in Architecture by the American Institute of Architects, was the President of Phi Kappa Fraternity, Vice President of the Architectural Society, and was active in many other social and intellectual clubs. During college he had enrolled in Officer's Training School and upon graduation entered the Navy and served for four years in WWII as a Lieutenant in the Pacific. Mr. Antinozzi is survived by his wife Jean and his sons Mark A. Antinozzi (and wife Marian) of Monroe CT, Daniel Paul Antinozzi III (and wife Susan) of Woodbridge CT and five grandchildren. He was very proud of being an architect and held that principles of honesty, good design, and citizenship were the hallmark of his profession. It was his desire that his epitaph would read simply, "Daniel P. Antinozzi Jr. Architect." Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Tuesday at 10:00AM DIRECTLY in St. Mark's Church, Stratford with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Friends may call on Monday from 5-7PM in The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com
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Published in Connecticut Post from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2011