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John J. Chiangi

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John J. Chiangi March 27, 1925 - May 8, 2011 Norwich - John J. Chiangi, 86, passed away Sunday morning at home with his family nearby. Born in Norwich, on March 27, 1925, he was the son of the late Natale and Angelina (Chinigo) Chiangi. John attended Norwich schools. On May 17, 1947 he married Helen Carignan Chiangi who survives him. John had may interest during his life time. He raced cars at the Waterford speed bowl, owned sail boats as well as powerboats, skiing, archery, hunting, diving, and perhaps his last passion was golfing. John was accomplished in all these sports and really enjoyed sharing these things with his family. There will boating stories to be told to his grandchildren that will take on a life of their own. John had a very quiet way of showing his love to his family but there was never a doubt about its presence. He loved taking all his family (children, and grandchildren) on ski vacations to Vermont. John went into the Navy during WWII and served in the Scouts and Raiders. He also served during the Korean war. In the mid sixties, John founded Underwater Construction Corporation. He had offices in Connecticut, West Virginia, and Florida. During this time he pioneered a nuclear diving technique that is documented in diving manuals that are still used today. John is survived by his three children and their spouses, John and Jo-Ann Chiangi, Deborah and Clark Stearns and Lew and Christina Chiangi. Five grandchildren, John Chiangi Jr., Jami and Fred Allyn, Adam Bridges, Monica and Peter Obuchowski and Beth Baker. Six great grandchildren, Shelby Chiangi, Patrick, Sophie and Jack Allyn, Brandon Baker, and Natalie and Alexander Obuchowski. He is survived by a sister, Mary Chiangi. He was predeceased by his siblings Santa, Frank, Dominic and Joseph Chiangi and Sarah Ponti. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Broadway in Norwich at 10:00 A.M. John requested a private burial for his immediate family only. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of SECT, 227 Dunham Street, Norwich, CT 06360-6133. To view the obituary and share a condolence with John's family it is available at www.cummings-gagnefh.com.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on May 10, 2011
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