Joseph A. DelVecchio (1932 - 2014)

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FARMINGTON - Joseph A. DelVecchio, 81, beloved husband of Lucille (DeLoia) DelVecchio for 52 years, died at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 19, 2014, after a long illness.

Born Oct. 21, 1932 in Meriden, Conn., he was the son of the late Sam and Mary Grace (Aloia) DelVecchio. He graduated from Meriden High School in 1950 and the University of Connecticut in 1954, going on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Air Force after college. He retired in 1994, after working as a claims professional with Nationwide Insurance for more than 35 years. He was a long-time resident of Waterbury, moving to Farmington in 2002.

Joe loved baseball and was a gifted left-handed first baseman in his youth. He enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, most especially the New York Yankees and UCONN Huskies basketball, and enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge of sports trivia. He also loved music, fine dining, and his weekly card games. His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his devoted wife, Lucille, and being Papa to his two daughters, five grandchildren, and much-loved dogs.

In addition to his wife, Lucille, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Ken Colliton, of West Hartford; daughter, Andrea Nygren, of Hebron; grandchildren, Ana Catherine, Christina, Andrew, and William Colliton, and Joseph Nygren; along with many other loving relatives and friends and his faithful pup, Lulu. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Michael Nygren; and his granddaughter, Emily Colliton.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to all his caregivers, most especially Peter, Nana, and Denise, who made it possible for Joe to remain at home throughout his illness.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte.4, Unionville, on Tuesday, June 24, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Patrick Church, Main St., Farmington, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. Memorial contributions can be made in Joe's name to Boys and Girls Club of Meriden, 15 Lincoln Street, Meriden, CT 06451.
Published in The Record-Journal on June 22, 2014
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