Bruno A. Dubaldo, 92, a lifelong resident of Manchester and beloved husband of 59 years to Clara (Skrabacz) Dubaldo, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, with his family at his side.
He was born in Manchester, March 12, 1921, to the late Julius and Gemma (Agostinelli) Dubaldo. Bruno was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He brought limitless joy to his family and friends with his music and love of gardening. On all holidays and many weekends, he would be the "traveling musician," serenading people at their homes with his accordion or guitar. During the summer, he gardened from sunup to sundown, raising a plethora of vegetables that he would then personally deliver to countless people. He graduated from Howell Cheney Technical School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. In 1948, he continued with his education, majoring in the violin and graduating with honors from the Hartford School of Music. During his training there, he met Clara, who was often his accompanist. They married on July 24, 1954. While dating, they started Dubaldo's Music Center, which became a landmark music studio in Manchester. Bruno taught violin, guitar, and accordion there until his retirement. His musical career began as a young boy with his brother, Victor, winning many talent shows together. They then created the band "Flip and the Connecticut Wranglers," playing with Pappy Howard on WDRC and many other radio programs. As the years went on and his brother Peter joined them, as well as his good friend, Andy Perleone, they created a new band, known as the "Dubaldo Brothers." Together they played for many years at numerous Italian functions for the Maglianese Society, the Fubinese Society, and Sons of Italy, as well as countless weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Bruno was a communicant and choir member at St. Bridget Church, Manchester, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 2046, Army & Navy Club, American Legion Post 102, and Manchester Symphony Orchestra. His interests and hobbies besides music and gardening included being an avid hunter, making wine with his parents, watching UConn women's basketball, walking for miles, and always enjoying ice cream. He took many trips to Italy to visit relatives. In 1990 he went there with the St. Bridget Church choir to sing for Pope John Paul II.
Bruno was survived briefly by his loving wife, Clara, who passed away two days after him on July 25, 2013. He is currently survived by two devoted daughters, Gemma Dubaldo of Manchester and Virginia Fernez, and her husband, John, of Bolton, who became his "right hand man" as the years went on, as well as his two most precious and beloved grandchildren, Liana, his "Angel," and Alex Fernez, his "Buddy."
Nothing brought Bruno more happiness and pride than his grandchildren. One of the greatest joys in his life were the yearly trips to Disney World that he took with them.
He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families. Besides his parents, Bruno was predeceased by a son, Bruno J. Dubaldo; two sisters, Lillian Amadeo, and Angeline Sartor; and three brothers, Anthony, Peter, and Victor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Bruno and Clara on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church that morning. A private family burial will be held at a later date in St. James Cemetery, Manchester.
Family and friends may call at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, between 3 and 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget School, 74 Main St., Manchester, CT 06042; and/or St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester, CT 06042.
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