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James Joseph Dignoti

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James Joseph Dignoti Obituary
James Joseph Dignoti July 17, 1945 - October 25, 2013 Norwich - James Joseph Dignoti, loving husband, father and grandfather died at his home on Friday, October 25. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 17, 1945. He was the son of the late Antonio and Rosalie Dignoti. He married Joan Stankiewicz Dignoti on July 23, 1966 at Sacred Heart Church of Taftville. Together they made their home in Norwich raising their two children. She predeceased James in February of 2012. He was a communicant of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Norwich. Jim had a love of law enforcement and helping people and made that his career. He spent many years as a loyal and dedicated police officer and detective for the city of Norwich, leaving to continue his law enforcement career as an investigator for the Connecticut Assistant State's Attorney's office, retiring in 2009. A dedicated law officer, Jim was known by everyone who worked along side him as a man of integrity, dedication, loyalty, honesty, and compassion. Jim was also a humble, and modest hero to many families and individuals. Throughout his career, if he found that there was a family in need of help in any way, he would do everything he could to help that family. Jim helped so many people over the years. He did so quietly and with sincere regard for their well being. His love and passion for people will never be forgotten. An avid outdoorsman, Jim enjoyed many years as a member and president of the Westbrook Fish and Game Club in Preston. He especially enjoyed fishing , hunting and spending time with his grandchildren, Marcello and Lilly Dignoti and Alex and Gabrielle Hunt, taking every opportunity to take them out on his boat or to the club and teaching them the craft. Jim had a special relationship with his grandsons Marcello Dignoti, who lived with him and Alex Hunt. As soon as they could walk, he taught them how to observe nature and how to be outdoorsmen. Jim is survived by his daughters, Catherine Hunt and her husband Richard of Bozrah and Lori Dignoti of Norwich; his grandchildren Alex Hunt, Gabrielle Hunt, Marcello Dignoti and Lilliana Dignoti all of Norwich and his sisters Barbara Michaeleski and Joan Kurz of West Hempstead, New York. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich at 10:00 A.M. with the burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Norwich. The funeral will assemble at church. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Association at 1 Union Street, #301 Robbinsville,NJ 08691-4138 or the St. Patrick Cathedral School 211 Broadway Norwich, CT 06360. For online condolences go to

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Oct. 28, 2013
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