Gary Joseph Bimonte
1959 - 2021
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Bimonte, Gary Joseph
Gary Joseph Bimonte of Wallingford died suddenly on April 7, 2021 at Mid-State Hospital in Meriden. Born in New Haven on December 7, 1959, Gary was a co-owner and proudly worked alongside his family at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, which was founded in 1925 by his grandparents Francesco Pepe and Filomena Volpe Pepe. Gary was very proud of his Italian heritage and loved sharing stories about the business and being a part of his family's legacy. A big smile would come across his face when he spoke of his grandfather's commitment to his work ethic, the importance of consistently using quality ingredients and always being thankful for his customers and his community. The love and enjoyment he had working side by side with his sisters and cousins made it a true family experience. Gary especially enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones whenever anyone came into the restaurant. For Gary this was not a job, it was his passion.
Gary was a collector of historical and toy memorabilia. He loved fast cars and his big pickup truck. He was a member of the Doo Wop Cruisers Car Club and the Blood, Sweat and Gears Car Club and participated in many local car shows. He was also a member of the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, the Wallingford Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus in North Haven as well being a former member of the Wallingford Rod and Gun Club. He loved feeding wildlife and could often be found buying bags of corn to feed the deer, and always enjoyed his yearly trip to Aruba. Gary was a kind, hardworking and generous man who did everything with his heart and a great big smile and had no shame in telling you that he loved you!
He was a loving brother to Bernadette Bimonte-Hackett, Genevieve Beth Bimonte (Cesar Flores) and Jennifer Josepha Kelly (Jim); proud uncle of Christina Nicola Bimonte, William Cody Hayes and the late Serafina Kinnare. He is also survived by his cousins Lisa Cusano, Francis and Anthony Rosselli and his "fur baby" Trixie. Gary was predeceased by his mother Serafina "Sera" Lucy Pepe DeMusis, his stepfather Dominic DeMusis and his brother-in-law Daniel Hackett. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Monday from 4-8pm in the Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. 11 Wooster Place, New Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11am in St. Michael Church. There is a maximum capacity in Church of 100 people, and this will be strictly adhered to. The family prefers that you watch the livestream of Gary's Mass. Burial will be private. Masks and social distancing will be required at all services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Food Bank www.ctfoodbank.org, or the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter www.branford-ct.gov/departments/animal-shelter. Share a memory, sign the guest book and view the livestream of Gary's funeral mass at www.iovanne.com.



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Published in The New Haven Register from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2021.
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May 11, 2021
I bought a car from Gary several years back. We remained friends and chatted often. We never met. Think about that. A car guy’s pal.
Sam
Friend
April 23, 2021
To a true son of New Haven, you will be missed, my friend.
Mike Kissane
Acquaintance
April 23, 2021
To a true son of New Haven, you will be missed, my friend.
Mike Kissane
Acquaintance
April 19, 2021
He was a special person and will be missed. Sorry for your loss.
Joe and Carol DeSena
Family
April 15, 2021
I've known Gary since 1st grade when he sat at the desk in front of me. Neighbors growing up on the same street, we'd see each other pretty much every day. The one word that probably defined Gary best was DEDICATED! He was dedicated to family, church, friends, work, and community. Always. The other word that comes to mind is GRACIOUS. Gary never took for granted his good fortune and he showed great respect to each and every person he met. A very gracious man. Gonna miss you G!
Eric Stowe
Eric Stowe
Classmate
April 14, 2021
It was always a pleasure to have Gary at the salon. His smile and positive energy filled the air and conversation was always uplifting and enjoyable. We're forever grateful for his generosity and the many times he walked through the door with pizzas in hand. We will miss him dearly. Our sincere condolences to his family with thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Captiva Salon Team
April 13, 2021
Gary Bimonte has been my friend and Italian American Brother since 1968 and even though I moved to ohio .we texted and stayed in touch every week and exchanged gifts always. I love Yiu Gary as Famiglia my Fratello!! As he called me .Rest in peace Gary and you live in my Heart forever. Rest in Heaven knowing your missed and Loved by many
AL Seretny
Friend
April 13, 2021
Rest Easy Gary ~ Me & Skipper will miss you Buddy . We will never forget all the laughs . Until we meet again XOXO Mr. & Mrs. Richard White
Maryjane Tescione~ Richard White
Friend
April 13, 2021
Rest in peace Gary I will miss you very much before you became the King of New Haven pizza you were a friend and you always State a humble friend it's so sad how you work so hard and had you life taken away so quickly after you retired I guess God needed a good pizza chef I will never forget those nights hanging out at East Rock Park in that cool gray van and all you listen to was Frank Zappa I played it all night last night my regards to your family I'm sure you'll be very missed God bless when is
Paul trezza
Friend
April 13, 2021
My husband knew Gary, I did not, then I saw him at a BJ's gas station and introduced myself. We became instant friends, he was just that type of guy. RIP Gary! We were truly blessed to have you.
Sharon Bates
Friend
April 13, 2021
Love and condolences to my good friend Gen, and family. Gary always had that awesome smile, contagious laugh and will be missed. Hold onto the memories.
Denese G Bellinger
Friend
April 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss to the family right now the family is so tight always remember his dad an him making pizzas on whitey av so many great memories
Anthony C Pallotto
Family
April 12, 2021
Bernadette, Genevieve and Jennifer, please accept my heartfelt condolences. My strongest memories of Gary are of a young cousin chasing after his older sisters. As an adult, seems like he gave Pepe's his all; working to help make a neighborhood restaurant into one known and loved all around the country. What a great legacy!
Karen, cousin
April 12, 2021
Bernadette, Genevieve and Jennifer, my deepest condolences on Gary’s passing. Every time we got together I always felt like we were best friends, he made everyone feel that way. I just wish I could of spent more time with him. Still in disbelief. He will be sorely missed.
John Rosselli
Friend
April 12, 2021
I am so sorry and shocked to hear of the passing of Gary, we are just talked on Easter. I condolences and prayers to Bern,Gen,&Jeff.And also for your families
Otto Curran
Friend
April 12, 2021
I am so sorry and shocked to hear of the passing of Gary , I just talk to him on Easter. my condolences To Bern,Gen,Jeff. My prayers and thoughts I was each and everyone of you and your family Otto
Otto
Friend
April 12, 2021
Thanks for the memories, dear Gary. Rock on! XO
Laurie Peck
Friend
April 12, 2021
Thanks for the memories, dear Gary. Rock on! XO
Laurie Peck
Friend
April 12, 2021
In loving memory of our wonderful friend and next unit neighbor for many years in Aruba. The entire Island, especially your friends at La Cabana will miss you always.
Thom & Barbara Lupo
Friend
April 12, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
John Goglia
Friend
April 12, 2021
May God be with you and your family. You will be missed by many. May your memory be eternal.
George Sellas
Acquaintance
April 12, 2021
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Rest easy Chef .
April 11, 2021
Sorry for your loss joe caccone
Denise Palmieri
Friend
April 11, 2021
Condolences to the Bimonte family. Rest in peace my friend.
Buddy Barra
Friend
April 11, 2021
Gary was one of the kindest people with the sweetest soul's. I will miss his affectionate and contagious laugh and smile. He was a great to who was lucky enough to know him.I will always cherish my brief time being part of the Pepes family. Bernadette. Genevieve. And Jennifer (Jen) my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family.
All my love. I will think of you lovingly.
Kelly
Kelly Mccabe
Friend
April 11, 2021
Wishing peace to Jennifer and the entire Bimonte family.
David & Toby Sullivan
April 11, 2021
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April 11, 2021
So sorry for your loss always such a great guy . His pizza is the best and will miss seeing him at the concerts and cruise night. RIP Gary our friend Jamie is already there and I’m sure he’ll be greeting you . Ever forget that beautiful smile Prayers to the family
Beanie Landino
Friend
April 11, 2021
Gary the world will not be the same without you but I know your with the angles. I will never forget how you made me feel when I seen you and let me skip the line so we didn't have to wait. RIP dear fellow and your legacy will live on because of the hard work you did.
Therese Kennett
Friend
April 10, 2021
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April 10, 2021
Gary was a kind man and always smiling. May he RIP
Mary Marciano
Friend
April 10, 2021
We are very sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Rest in peace.
Dan & Edna Figuenick
Dan Figuenick
Friend
April 10, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I spent many wonderful years working with Gary and the Bimonte and Rosselli families at “The Spot”. He was one of a kind, a great guy. My deepest sympathy goes out to Bernadette, Genevieve, Jennifer and the Bimonte and Rosselli families. Rest In Peace, my friend.
Tom Andrew
Tom Andrew
Friend
April 10, 2021
We will miss you so much our dear friend, You we’re a very special person to us both, and will always treasure our wonderful memories. Fly high,,until we meet again sweet Angel~ Love Jay ~ C & Linda Cafasso
Linda Cafasso
Friend
April 10, 2021
Gary was a wonderful young man whenever he saw me he would give me a big hug he will surely missed by ALL I knew him since his childhood and played with my sons Rest In Peace gary
Alberta Hemstock
Friend
April 10, 2021
Bernadette, Genevieve and Jennifer I am heartbroken to hear of Gary’s passing. 55 years ago we moved in across the street and Gary became my first childhood friend. Although we hadn’t seen each other much in recent years it hurts knowing now we never can. RIP My Friend. With Love Joe Vermiglio
Joe Vermiglio
Friend
April 10, 2021
God Bless you Gary! You will be missed by many! Hope you're sharing a good glass of wine with Steve Rest easy! Diane & Brandon Tommessilli
Diana Tommessilli
Friend
April 10, 2021
Many great memories from the ok’d neighborhood. Gary was such a wonderful, kind and generous man. He will never be forgotten.
Frank G DeMayo
Friend
April 10, 2021
Salute to a True American from the Families and Friends of the Ct. Pearl Harbor Survivors Nut Meg Capture, God Speed
Jerry Lehr
Neighbor
April 10, 2021
We are shocked and saddened about Gary's sudden passing. He was a pillar in our neighborhood with a giant heart who will be deeply missed. We have fond memories of him driving up and down our street in his hot rod cars, plowing everybody's driveways with his quad after a snowstorm, his kind daily greetings on Facebook, and his random fireworks displays. He was a very generous man who would not hesitate to help support school fundraisers when neighborhood kids would knock on his door. Our sincerest condolences to the Bimonte family. May he rest peacefully in God's arms.
Carolyn Gaffney
Neighbor
April 10, 2021
We are so shocked and saddened by Gary's sudden passing. Gary was a very friendly and generous man with a giant heart. He was a pillar in our neighborhood and he will be deeply missed. We have fond memories of his random fireworks displays, plowing everyone's driveway on our street with his quad when it snowed, always stopping to say hello in his hot rod cars and his daily morning greetings on Facebook. He would not hesitate to support school fundraisers when the neighborhood kids would knock on his door. Deepest condolences go out to his family. We hope you are resting peacefully in God's arms.❤
Carolyn, Paul, Brian & Lauren Gaffney
Neighbor
April 10, 2021
Our dear call Wooster Street friend, your presence will be missed by many including my husband and I. Your clam pizza will be number one forever in our book . Rest easy Gary prayers and blessings are going up for the family may his legacy live on ~ Maryjane Tescione White
Maryjane Tescione-White
Friend
April 10, 2021
We are so shocked and saddened by Gary's sudden passing. Gary was a very friendly and generous man with a giant heart. He was a pillar in our neighborhood and he will be deeply missed. We have fond memories of his random fireworks displays, plowing everyone's driveway on our street with his quad when it snowed, always stopping to say hello in his hot rod cars and his daily morning greetings on Facebook. He would not hesitate to support school fundraisers when the neighborhood kids would knock on his door. Deepest condolences go out to his family. We hope you are resting peacefully in God's arms.❤
Carolyn, Paul, Brian & Lauren Gaffney
Neighbor
April 10, 2021
To a special man that quickly became my spiritual Brother, I will miss you and always know my life is better having known you. I will miss your morning prayer and your uplifting spirit.

"It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone." John Steinbeck

Rest in peace my good friend, know that I have a bit of your light and will carry it forever. Love ya man
David Lee
Friend
April 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Carolyn Gaffney
Neighbor
April 9, 2021
BERNADETTE, GENEVIEVE AND JENNIFER, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR BELOVED BROTHER GARY'S PASSING. WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN HE WAS AND THIS SUDDEN LOST MUST BE SO HARD. KNOW THAT GARY AND ALL OF YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL
JOANNE ZUNDA LAMBERT
Friend
April 9, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Dawn Ferrucci
Friend
April 9, 2021
Gary, still shocked to find out this saddened news. Not only in heaven are you an angel, but you earned those wings long before with the love, compassion, generosity and self worth that you have spread with joy from the beautiful heart that you let everyone see. We will miss you. Love Always Dawn and Ray Dugay. Our deepest condolences to the Bimonte family. Sending love and prayers
Dawn Ferrucci
Friend
April 9, 2021
Gary, still shocked to find out this saddened news. Not only in heaven are you an angel, but you earned those wings long before with the love, compassion, generosity and self worth that you have spread with joy from the beautiful heart that you let everyone see. We will miss you. Love Always Dawn and Ray Dugay. Our deepest condolences to the Bimonte family. Sending love and prayers
Dawn Ferrucci
Friend
April 9, 2021
Rest In Peace my friend. You were one of the good guys. I will truly miss your morning reach outs to all of your friends.

Heaven has gained another perfect angel.
Mike Pascale
Friend
April 9, 2021
Condolences and prayers to the Pepe and Bimonte families. I was shocked and saddened to hear that Gary had passed away.
I grew up in the neighborhood and met Gary at Pepes in my early teens. I found that we both had a fondness for classic cars. Gary was a sweet guy with a good sense of humor. I miss the taste of Pepes pizza since moving away. It's hard to imagine Pepes without Gary being there. It's a sad time but I know he's in Heaven, probably showing the angels how to make a good pie.
RIP Gary.
Lisa Scaramella/ Florida
Friend
April 9, 2021
I was shocked to hear of Gary's passing, My condolences to the Bimonte family from George and all of us from Connecticut Classic Chevy. He will always be cruising with us.
Connecticut Classic Chevy
Friend
April 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
AL Seretny
Friend
April 9, 2021
Gary and I met in 5th grade at church st School And became Lifetime friends. He was the so kind and caring of a person. He was generous and giving. I have had tears in my eyes and heart for last 2 days .I was blessed to have Gary as a friend .I will miss him for the rest of my Life until.i see him in Heaven . Gary Bimonte I love you
AL Seretny
Friend
April 9, 2021
I'm going to miss you greatly, my friend. You know that I always had your back. (smile) Until we meet again! XOXO Roseann
Roseann E Carrano
Friend
April 9, 2021
Life taken too soon our deeest sympathy to Gary’s family
We have been going to PEPE since Sal was a waiter there & we did get to see GARY in the WTBY store
RIP MR
The Scarinos (wolcott ct)
Janice Scarino
Acquaintance
April 9, 2021
i know he was a great guy seen him on facebook all the time with a smile on his face, he will b sadly missed, but now he is an angel in Heaven, may he R.I.P.
jean a coppola
Friend
April 9, 2021
I grew up with Gary& his family, so when I heard of his passing I was devestated Condolences to Gen & the family. Gary was a great guy,he will be missed! Take comfort in the good memories.
Carol & Tony Dadio
Friend
April 9, 2021
I loved the fact Gary would start the Morning's off with a prayer or a blessing or a fun fact and I would look forward to learn something new or something I had forgotten about I will definitely miss those.Gary I hope you are now reunited with your Mom I know how much you loved her
Rest at peace
Wendy Graves
Friend
April 9, 2021
It is so sad that Gary is no longer with us. I got to know him when he had Bimonte Pizza on School Street in Hamden. He will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to all of his family and extended family. He was a great guy!
Nora Wiedenbach
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