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RACCIO, WILLIAM C. SR William Carl Raccio, Sr., 90, of Branford, formerly of North Branford, the beloved husband of Gloria Landino Raccio for 61 years, loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Connecticut Hospice. Bill was born in New Haven, October 26, 1923, a son of the late Benjamin and Antoinette DeAngelo Raccio. Bill served proudly in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Headquarters and Service Company 348th Engineer Combat Battalion and was among the 2nd Wave on Omaha Beach in the Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Rhine, and the Battle of the Bulge. He was employed with United Illuminating for 26 years, retiring as a shift supervisor at the generating plant on Grand Avenue. He was a member of the Rev. John Russell Council of the Knight of Columbus and the Hamden Elks Lodge #2224. He was an avid New England Patriots fan, enjoyed traveling and trips to the casinos, but his greatest love was his family, and he cherished the time they could spend together. Besides his wife Gloria, he is survived by three children, William C. Raccio, Jr., of Branford, Nancy (Ted) Robak, of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Anne (Jim), of Clinton, CT; five very loved grandchildren, Rachel Raccio, T.J. and Robert Robak, and Matthew and Stephanie Strucaly. He also leaves a sister, Laura (Anthony) Marcucio, and several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by two brothers, George and Michael Raccio, and a sister, Josephine “Jaye” Frisa. Funeral will leave the Keenan Funeral Home, 330 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, Tuesday morning at 9:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Therese Church, 105 Leetes Island Road, Branford at 10:00. Burial with Military Honors will be in All Saints Cemetery. Family and friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Gifts in Bill’s memory should be directed to the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace, 11 Race Hill Road, North Guilford, 06437 or to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
Published in The New Haven Register on July 20, 2014
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