Waterford - Leo Facchini Sr., 90, of Waterford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in New London.
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Leo was born in New London, on Goshen Street, on July 4, 1922, the son of Edith (Luzi) and Nostralio Facchini. He attended New London elementary schools and was a 1941 graduate of the former Bulkeley School in New London, where he had a distinguished academic and athletic career. He then matriculated to Niagara University, leaving after his freshman year to help out at home when his father became ill.
He was drafted and served as a corpsman on a hospital ship in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
On May 3, 1952, he was united in marriage to Virginia Epolito, for 54 years until her passing in 2006.
He is survived by their six children, Leo Facchini (Patricia) of Waterford, Lawrence of Salem, Virginia Olsen, Christine Facchini, Jacqueline, and Frank Facchini, all of New London; as well as 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Leo is also survived by a sister, Inez Giulietti and her husband, Bill, of Waterford.
He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond, who passed in 2009.
Leo operated an Italian grocery and grinder shop in Groton for 18 years before buying and operating the El Bolero Cafe, also in Groton, from 1971 until he retired in 1992. For the last eight years, he was a seasonal worker at Ocean Beach Park.
In addition to the love of his wife, children, and family, Leo was a tremendous sports fan, having been an outstanding athlete himself. He derived great pleasure watching his grandchildren participate in athletics, as he did with his own children before them. In addition, he was a fan of the New York Yankees, college and professional basketball, golf, and football.
He was in the simplest of terms, a good husband, good father, and good guy. A people person, who was comfortable in any setting, he loved to interact with people from all walks of life. Although he will be missed, his persona and great enthusiasm for living will always bring a smile to the faces of all who knew him.
Leo's family would like to thank the nurses and staff on 5.2 and ICU as well as Dr. Donovan at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for the tremendous care they provided for him over the past month. It wast much appreciated.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, New London. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery.
Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home
84 Montauk Ave.
New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Feb. 25, 2013