Alfonso L. Balestracci, "Fi Fi," 93, of Mystic, beloved husband of the late Lillian (Morgan) Balestracci, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Groton Regency Center.
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Born in Mystic, he was the son of the late Louis and Verna (Colechia) Balestracci and was a lifelong resident of Mystic.
Alfonso began his longtime career with Electric Boat in 1941. He also worked for a number of years at the former Rossie Velvet Mill in Mystic before returning to Electric Boat, retiring in 1983 after 35 years of service. He was very proud of his years at Electric Boat and distinguished himself as an expert welder and dedicated worker.
He was an avid gardener and for a number of years worked for the Greenman family, maintaining the buildings and grounds at what is now part of Mystic Seaport. Continuing the tradition of his Italian heritage, he maintained a large garden at his home, which he tended through 2010.
He had a lifelong love of sports, playing baseball with the Mystic Red Wings and coaching Little League for a number of years at Rossie Field in Mystic. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed many hours following his favorite team. His prowess with the bow and arrow earned him a reputation as an expert bowman. He was also accomplished at ballroom dancing and for a while was an instructor with Arthur Murray Dance Studios.
He leaves his two daughters, Brenda Sylvestre and her husband, George, of Mystic, and Marjorie Booth and her husband, Thomas, of Ellenton, FL; one brother, Ernie Balestracci Sr. of Mystic; two grandsons, George Sylvestre Jr. of Sterling, CT, and Alan Sylvestre of Stonington; four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Ryan Sylvestre of North Stonington, and Jessica and Nathan Sylvestre of Stoningon, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Nellie Esposito, and three brothers, Jeff, Peter and Francis Balestracci, and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane (Willis) Balestracci.
Family and friends are invited to gather Thursday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic, followed by a funeral Mass celebrating his life at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 32 East Main St., Mystic. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, River Road, Old Mystic. His family will receive friends Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Groton Regency for the care and comfort given to Alfonso during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Groton Regency Recreation Dept., 1145 Poquonnock Rd., Groton CT 06340, or to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 628 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury CT 06033.
Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to share an online expression of sympathy.
Published in The Westerly Sun from May 1 to May 2, 2011