D'AMATO, Pasquale J. "P.J."
Pasquale J. "P. J." D'Amato, 94, of Bristol, husband of 70 years to Clara (Pitaro) D'Amato, died Friday, (April 22, 2011) at Bristol Hospital. P.J. was born in Bristol on January 25, 1917 and was a son of the late Alfonso and Concetta (Nestico) D'Amato. A lifelong resident of Bristol, he was employed at Wallace Barnes for 44 years prior to his retirement. In his retirement, he served as a deputy sheriff in Bristol. He was a World War II U. S. Army veteran, a POW escapee, and one of six survivors out of 767 of the William Darby's Ranger Battalion, of the battle of Anzio. P. J. was a member of St. Anthony Church, Bristol, the American Legion Seicheprey Post II, and the Sons of Italy. He was also a past commander of the DAV. Playing with his grandchildren, UConn Women's Basketball, and the New York Yankees were his favorite pastimes. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Alphonse and Kathleen D'Amato, Mickey and Lisa D'Amato, and James and Susan D'Amato, all of Bristol; a daughter and son-in-law: Barbara and Daniel O'Neill, Jr. of Bristol; two brothers: Edward and Anthony "Tut" D'Amato; two sisters: Anne D'Amato and Phyl Gilson; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 9 a.m. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Anthony Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday between 5 and 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol, CT 06010. Please visit P. J.'s memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.