Constantine A. Cavello
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Constantine Anthony Cavello (Connie) died peacefully in his home in Tamarac, FL surrounded by loved ones on August 10, 2012. He was 87 years old. Connie was proceeded in death by his first wife Josephine S. Cavello (Jo) and his siblings Lee, Rose, Joe and Dick. After Josephine's passing in 1997, Connie met and married Carolina Mullenax (Nina) who was his steadfast and loving partner for the last 12 years of his life.
In addition to Nina, Connie is survived by his children Gary Cavello, Robert Cavello and wife Mary, Chris Cavello and wife Vivé, and Stephanie Cavello Solberg and husband Tom. Connie is also survived by his greatest pride and joy, his grandchildren Annabella Cavello, Erica Solberg and Carly Solberg.
Connie was born on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy New York on December 16, 1924 and grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn where he attended New Utrecht High School. He was inducted into the Army in WWII and served in the Third Infantry Division as a light machine gunner in the amphibious assault of Anzio, the break out to liberate Rome, and the invasion of southern France. He was sent home from the Voges Mountains of France when a field hospital doctor discovered that he had contracted tuberculosis for which he was later hospitalized in a military facility for 18 months. During his recuperation he was visited regularly by Josephine and they married in 1951. Connie and Jo eventually moved from New York to raise their four children in the Flower Estates neighborhood of Norwalk, CT where they had many friends who joined them for pool parties and homemade Italian food. Connie and Jo's home on Karen Drive was also a welcoming haven to many of their children's friends, who fondly remember Connie's grilled chicken wings.
Connie received his bachelor's degree through the GI Bill from New York University and in his career worked for Dow Chemical, Hubbell and Burndy corporations. He was also the co-proprietor of the Record Broker Store in Danbury, CT. His retirement years were spent enjoying the company of his sister Rose and bowling with his best friend and brother Dick. Connie had wonderful times with Nina visiting their respective grandchildren and hosting family and friends in their home. He was actively involved with the leadership of his retirement community and was adored by all for his brilliant storytelling and his well timed sense of humor.
The family will gather for a celebration of his life at a memorial service in his home later this year.
Published in The Hour on August 16, 2012