Ernest D. Florio

January 10, 1934 ~ October 22, 2021 (age 87)

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Ernest Domenic Florio, 87, of Waterbury, passed away peacefully, on Friday, October 22, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Marie J. Florio.

He was born in Waterbury, on January 10, 1934, the son of the late William Florio and Antoinette (Petraroia) Zuraitis. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. After his discharge, he worked as a painter for the local IUPAT union until his retirement. He was married to Marie for 64 years. His hobbies included fishing, golf, bowling, poker, and other card games.

Ernest is survived by his son, Robert and his wife, Luciana, of Wolcott; and his daughter, Deborah Jacobs, of Waterbury. He was blessed to have three grandchildren, Monique Jacobs and her partner, Terrell Upchurch, Carla Roberts and her husband, Matthew, and Christie Florio; four great-grandchildren, Shanel, Anthony, Brooke, and James; a great-great-grandchild, Kamaris; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He also leaves his step-sisters, Barbara Botta, Irene Canciani, and Gail DiSisto.

A special thanks to the aides who helped take care of Ernie, as well as to the teams from the West Haven VA, the Agency on Aging, and Season’s Hospice and Palliative Care. Memorial contributions in Ernie’s name may be made to: CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, Attn:  Community Outreach.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, October 27th, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on 785 Highland Ave. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am. Calling hours are from 8:30 to 9:30 am at Colasanto Funeral Home, 932 Bank Street, Waterbury. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit us at


Ernie Florio

A short man in stature who had a rough start
But he never gave up showing his courage and heart

He found his way to the Navy and the Korean War
It was his life until the end of fifty four

He did like the outdoors enjoying golf and fishing
And of course playing cards and the thrill of winning

After his discharge he worked as a union painter
When he meet a lovely woman and began to date her

He married Marie and his family quickly grew to four
While having the kids cousins living right next door

He was relaxed and carefree and brought no harm to anyone
A good long life he had with a little bit of fun

But it was his kids and grandkids who he was so very proud of
We are now looking back remembering that last hug

Rest in peace, you will be with us forever…

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October 27, 2021

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Colasanto Funeral Home
932 Bank St.
Waterbury, CT 06708

Mass of Christian Burial
October 27, 2021

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
785 Highland Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

Burial to follow
October 27, 2021

11:30 AM
Calvary Cemetery
2324 East Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06705

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