Joseph Michael Angelillo

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SOUTHINGTON - Joseph Michael Angelillo, 91, of Southington, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at The Hospital of Central CT, New Britain.

He was born in the Planstville section of Southington on May 7, 1923, son of the late Henry and Amelia (Panella) Angelillo. He was a graduate of Lewis High School, class of 1941, and a graduate of Hartford Accounting School. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific as crew chief of a U.S. Naval Air Transport Squadron. Upon returning from the service, he attended Central Connecticut State College receiving a bachelor's degree in 1965, and his master's degree in education in 1968. He had long and outstanding career with the State of Connecticut where he served in many roles. He was a teacher at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School, an assistant director of the Manpower Training Program and later as an education consultant. Joe was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; the Improved Order of Red Men and the Knights of Columbus. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks and served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was also a member of the Vo-Ag Advisory Committee and the director of both the Reuben Thalberg Foundation and the Southington Historical Society. In addition, Joe was past member of the Southington High School Building Committee and a past president of the local chapter of UNICO National. He has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Southington Board of Education and was a past Chairman of the Republican Town Committee. Joe was a communicant and active volunteer for St. Thomas Church where he served as an usher for over 50 years. He was an avid supporter of the St. Thomas parish school: sponsoring yearly Pizza Parties and the annual Joseph Angelillo Golf Tournament. He was honored as the recipient of the school's very first Father McVerry award in 2007. He was continuously involved with a multitude of charitable and government organizations throughout his life. He firmly believed that it was everyone's responsibility to help his fellow man. In recognition of his remarkable contributions to the Southington community, he received numerous awards and commendations. He was the recipient of the UNICO 63rd annual Gold Medal of Honor award and his most recent recognition was for the Knights of Columbus Citizen of the Year. He will be sorely missed by his family and throughout the Southington Community. He was predeceased by a sister, Amelia (Angelillo) Tyrrell and her husband, Ernest Tyrrell; a brother, Michael "Bobby" Angelillo; a nephew-in-law, Charles Krallinger; and dear friend, Marilyn Sullivan.

He leaves one nephew, Ron Tyrrell and his wife, Donna; and nieces, Ruth Krallinger and Robin Platt; two great-nephews and a great-niece. He also leaves his "adoptive" daughters, Shaunna Fay and husband, Wayne, Susan Sheehan and husband, Patrick, Spencer Fontenay and husband, Sean and Sharlene Casey and husband, William and their families.

The funeral took place on Tuesday June 17, from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., to St. Thomas Church for a Mass. Burial took place at St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to St. Thomas School Fund, 133 Bristol St., Southington, CT 06489. Visit for online tributes and directions.
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Published in Southington Citizen on June 20, 2014
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