Mr. Eugene "Gene" Angelillo, age 74, of Middle-bury, previously of Wolcott, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. He was the widower of Marilyn A. (Zukauskas) Angelillo. Gene was born in Waterbury on March 21, 1935, son of the late Domenic "Dumo" and Margaret (Nardozzi) Angelillo. He was a graduate of Leavenworth High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War. He was the founder and president of Sanitary Refuse Company, Inc. of Waterbury for more over 25 years retiring in 1988 when he sold the company. He moved to Middlebury in October 2007 a month after his beloved wife passed away. Gene had a passion for car racing. He was the owner of the Dumo's Desire/Marilyn's Passion, #45 midget race car for 30 years. He was the most successful car owner of the modern era in Northeast history, amassing more than 112 career victories and 15 club championships. While based in the Northeast, he raced his car throughout the United States, winning such prestigious events as the last midget race to be held at Pocono International Speedway. He was the longtime president of the Northeastern Midget Association. Gene is survived by his daughter, Laura Kibbe, and her husband, Curt of Middlebury, with whom he lived; a sister, Rita Verrastro, and her husband, Jim of Gibsonton, Fla.; two granddaughters, Tiana and Brooke Kibbe, both of Middlebury; a brother-in-law, James "Yanu" Zukauskas Jr., formerly of Torrington and most recently of Raleigh, N.C. Funeral will be held Friday, 10:45 a.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial /The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway to Sacred Heart Church on Main Street South in Southbury for a Mass at 12 Noon. Entombment will follow at Calvary Queen of Peace Mausoleum in Waterbury. Calling hours Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene's name to support the Angelillo Memorial Race Fund c/o Laura Kibbe 266 Kelly Road Middlebury, CT 06762 For More Info and On-line condolences, Visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com.
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Published in News Times on Mar. 3, 2010