New London - Edward Girotti, 88, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, where he was residing and being cared for as he battled cancer.
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He was born in New London, on July 15, 1926, to the late Bernard D. Girotti and Eleanor (Crowell) Girotti. He grew up in Quaker Hill, and graduated from Chapman Technical High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and was assigned to the 66th Black Panther Division during World War II. He spent most of his service time in Austria and France.
After returning from the war, he worked at Bailey & Staub, New London Mills, and Shallett's Cleaners. After graduating from New England Tech, he spent 38 years working at Electric Boat in the Planning Department, retiring in 1992.
While he spent the majority of his working life at Electric Boat, his job at Shallett's Cleaners led him to what he said was the most important thing in his life, meeting the woman he would marry. While making a delivery to National Foreman's Institute, he met Geraldine O'Connor, who worked there at the time. Ed and Gerry were married June 20, 1953, and they enjoyed over 31 years together, raising a family before she predeceased him on Oct. 29, 1984.
He was remarried on Dec. 29, 1990, to Maria Pavani, who also predeceased him on June 12, 2005.
Ed was a man of great faith who loved family, music, and baseball. He attended mass nearly every day once he retired, and in earlier years, used his musical talents to direct the choir at St. John's Church in Uncasville. Ed also spent over 60 years playing the bass in jazz and dance bands. In his youth, he was offered a contract to play semi-professional baseball with the Boston Braves but turned it down in order to help his father, who was having some health issues at the time. While he was raising his young family, he stayed involved in the community, acting as an umpire for the little league. Later on, when his grandson Eric was playing baseball, he loved to attend his games. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and fortunately saw them break "the curse of the Bambino" and win three World Series titles.
He is survived by four children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Debra Girotti of Staunton, Va., Stephen Girotti of Wethersfield, Ellen and Ed Javor of Niantic, and Susan Girotti of Uncasville; six grandchildren, Micah, Hannah, Jonathan, and Sarah Girotti, and Dan and Eric Javor; a great-grandchild, Ethan Girotti; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two stepgrandchildren, Emily Anglace and Georgianna Martin.
He was predeceased by his three siblings, Mary Bruckner, Helen Campo, and Alfred Girotti.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 30, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble 10:15 a.m. on Thursday from the funeral home and proceed to St. Joseph Church, Squire St., New London, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Montville.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Center For Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut, 227 Dunham Road, Norwich, CT 06360.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on July 30, 2014