Norwich - James Joseph Dignoti, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died at his home on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 17, 1945, 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 him 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 that 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 knew of 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 be with them on his boat or at the club 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 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, N.Y.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich, with burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Norwich. The funeral will assemble at the church. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Association, 1 Union St., #301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4138 or the St. Patrick Cathedral School, 211 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360.
For online condolences, go to www.gagnepiechowski.com