Peter Casolino Jr.
1967 - 2018
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Peter M. Casolino, Jr
Peter M. Casolino, Jr., died on June 15, 2018 at the age of 51 at St. Raphael's Hospital, New Haven, CT following a brief illness.
Peter was born May 4, 1967 to Diane (Thompson) Manzi and the late Peter Casolino, Sr. in Danbury, CT. He attended schools in Danbury and then Southern Connecticut State University for Fine Arts, printmaking and photography. He worked as a staff photographer / Editor at The New Haven Register from 1991-2014 and more recently as a contract photographer for the Hartford Courant, As a staff photographer he covered breaking national news events including 9/11 attacks in New York City and the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting. He coauthored 13 children's books by Blackbirch Press: "How it's made" and "How do I become a…." series. He was the recipient of numerous awards including NPPA New England Photographer of the Year; Editor and Publisher photo of the Year, 2001 and CT Society of Professional Journalists--nine first place awards, seven second place awards and nine third place awards. Publications included Life, Time, Newsweek, New York Times magazine, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Women's World, Golf Digest, ESPN Magazine, Connecticut Magazine, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, L.A. Times and American Photographer. He was America 24/7 project photographer. Peter has a Ground Zero photograph in the permanent collection of the 9/11 Museum in NYC.
He is survived by his son, Ryan Casolino, mother and step father, Diane and Dan Manzi, step-sister Isabella Manzi, aunt Terry Thompson, aunt and uncle Linda and Mike Pickwick, uncle and aunt Gary and Gina Thompson, aunt Kathy Thompson, cousins Ky and Finny Baker, Kara Jasinski, Colleen and Kevin McIlwain, Sean Pickwick and fiancée Nicole, Taryn Pickwick, Kelly Thompson, Kayla and Weston Schneider and former wife Robin Casolino.
In addition to his father, Peter was predeceased by a brother Daniel Manzi and his maternal grandparents Jack and Lorna Thompson.
Peter was blessed with the love of so many of his colleagues and friends who rallied to support him through his illness. His family is forever grateful for their prayers and support and for the amazing doctors and nurses at St. Raphael's who worked tirelessly to restore him to health.
The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a Prayer Service offered by Rev. Leo McIlrath at 4 p.m.
A memorial fund has been organized to benefit Peter's son Ryan which can be accessed at

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Published in Danbury News Times from Jun. 17 to Jun. 18, 2018.
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February 7, 2020
Pete was probably one of the wittiest and most fun to be around people that I ever had the pleasure to meet. Many great memories and a million laughs.
Great man and friend
Deep loss
Your memory lives on.
Rob Garrity
June 12, 2019
June 15, 2019 It's one year since Peter crossed over. When I received the email to leave a message, I knew just what to say from my memories of the person I knew. I believe Heaven's been appreciating this easy going, good natured, jovial, fun, happy spirit, as those of us did that knew him sure did. I'll always appreciate and remember the time I spent with him. I've missed not being able to email him to tell him the latest exciting happenings going on, as we shared similar interests in ambition with our careers and with different joys in life, such as The Trans Siberian Orchestra, NYC, NY Yankees, and football. It was always fun him being a Giant's fan and me being a Dallas Cowboys fan. Anytime a car on the road is in front of me or drives by me with a plate having the number 504 in it, the clock that says 504, or however I see the number, I think of handsome Peter, with that gorgeous white smile, and artistic talent, and I believe it's a Divine sign to say he's happy, and looking out for his family and friends, as they've continued/continue on with their destinies. Always my thoughts and prayers to the family. God Bless.
Nancy Papa
June 20, 2018
A talented journalist gone far too soon. My deepest sympathies to Peter's family.
Barbie Dubois
June 20, 2018
Really shocked and saddened to hear of Peter's death. He was a kind and gracious co-worker at the Register who was immensely talented, yet he was so unassuming and modest and kind. My condolences to his family.
Manuela Fernandes
June 19, 2018
I lived on Dogwood Dr. close to Peters grandparents. We walked through the apple orchard everyday when we got off the bus 33. He was a good friend early on and always the nicest guy through school. An honor to have known him.
Val Chambon
June 19, 2018
I am deeply saddened to hear of Peter's passing. Pete was an extraordinary person...incredibly gifted and well liked...I spent many good times with Peter while at SCSU. We were both members of Phi Alpha Omega Fraternity...he was a very passionate member...I will miss seeing him around at noteworthy events and photo shoots. My heartfelt condolences to his family and to all that he has touched in his lifetime. My highest sympathies.
June 19, 2018
I am so saddened by Peter's passing. We worked together for a number of years at the Register. He was a first class guy, and a gifted photographer. My thoughts and prayers are with him.
Kevin Walsh
June 19, 2018
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I appreciate the time I spent with Peter. I got to know a great person. I've respected his easy going nature, being down to earth, and having such a nice disposition. One of the things we shared in common is our ambition about our career interests, and Peter's extraordinary talent launched him an impressive career. The picture I submitted is a casual picture, at my home, with my camera, and the picture reflects the greatness of Peter's work. I felt shocked and saddened to learn of Peter's passing. My deepest condolences to the family for this difficult loss. My faith is that Peter is in eternal health and bliss.
Nancy Papa
June 19, 2018
Such a shock to hear of Pete's passing. We were friends at SCSU during his frat days and it was always nice to see him in the years after that. His smile always made me smile, he was so kind, absolutely hysterically funny and just a genuinely nice guy. Hope that all the happy memories comfort his loved ones during the difficult time ahead.
Barbara Garvie
June 19, 2018
Diane & family,
our hearts and sympathy are with you at this difficult time.
Peter was a special person to all his loved ones, may he rest in peace.
Carol & Dominic Licursi
Carol Licursi
June 19, 2018
To the Casolino Family - my deepest condolences to the entire family. Peter and I were childhood friends and will always have great memories of him! He always had a smile on his face!
Leslie Foldy
June 19, 2018
May you rest in eternal peace & happiness, Peter
Judy,Chuck,Carey,&Jason Sengelen
June 19, 2018
To the Casolino family and ALL knew and loved Peter- my heart is broken for you. I'm so sad I can not be there today to say goodbye to this beautiful, talented fun loving soul. He mentored me, inspired me and always had my back. I will miss him beyond words. Sending you all love and strength.
Mia Malafronte
June 18, 2018

I am so sorry for you and your family. Peter was my best friend for for many years and we shared so many great memories. I know how much of a guiding influence you were to him. He was always there for so many people I only wish I could have been there more for him. I miss him dearly and will always remember him as an inspiration in my life as well as so many other lives.

Peace be with you,
Doug Statham
Doyg Statham
June 18, 2018
Diane David & I send our sincere & heartfelt sympathy to you & your family we know the loss of a child is something we should never have to go through, just know your in our prayers. Charlene & David Dannin & family
June 18, 2018
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Chad Lyons
June 18, 2018
I'm at a loss for words, because there are no words that will help fill the devastating hole left in all of the hearts of the Thompson clan. "...May the wind be always at your back, May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." With sincere love and sympathy,
Sally Karakula
June 18, 2018
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June 18, 2018
Peter was the best of the best and it's hard to believe he is no longer with us. Talented, funny, friendly, just a great person with whom I was lucky work (he freelanced for my office). This is very sad news.
Michael Fitzsousa
June 18, 2018
Peter lived a purposeful, meaningful life, moving and influencing others through his spirit, his work and his art. God bless him and those who loved him on his passing.
David Blansfield
June 18, 2018
Our sincere sympathies for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Robert Steinberg and family
June 17, 2018
Diane, Terry, Linda, Kathy & Gary
Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers; may God hold Peter in his arms and may the angels watch over all of you
Fran Quinn
Francine Quinn
June 17, 2018
So sorry for your loss. I recognized Peter's name while searching obits - he worked with my husband, Gene Gorlick, in the photo department at the Register. Gene died 4 years ago this coming October. He always spoke kindly about Peter.
-Dina Gorlick
Henderson NV
June 17, 2018
Peter was an extraordinarly talented photographer and a great guy. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Harold Shapiro
June 17, 2018
Pete was a photography mentor of mine while I interned at the New Haven Register. We shared a lot of laughs together on assignment. I'll always remember how he made others smile.
Thomas Cain
June 17, 2018
My Heart is with you ALWAYS. I know there are no words for your pain.
Patty & Harry McLachlan
June 17, 2018
My heart goes out to the Casolino family. Pete was one of my best high school buddies. I remember his laugh and smile like it was yesterday.
David Alves
June 17, 2018
So sorry to hear of Peter's passing. I have many fond memories from the days living on Blake Street in New Haven. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God bless you all during this difficult time.
Lisa Galatie-Leso
June 17, 2018
So sorry for your loss.My heart goes out to you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Woodin Adams
Sharon Woodin Adams
June 16, 2018
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Ryan and family. I'm so sorry. Peter was such a nice guy and we always had a good laugh. Gonna miss his smile and big heart. RIP...xoxo
Holly Frances
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