Joseph M. D'Amico Sr.September 29, 1930 ~ October 15, 2017 (age 87)
Joseph M. D’Amico, Sr., 87
Joseph M. D’Amico, Sr., 87, formerly of Watertown CT, died on October 15, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born on September 29, 1930 to Deodato and Anna (Fabale) D’Amico, in the Brooklyn section of Waterbury. He was married to the late Elizabeth (Monahan) D’Amico.
Joe lived the epitome of the “American Dream”: He was born of immigrants who had arrived at Ellis Island just three years earlier, graduated from Leavenworth High, and served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. After the service, Joe showed some of the hustle and determination that was to make him a successful businessman, as he spent time as a pattern-maker at Farrell Foundry and worked a second job delivering milk for the old State Dairy. He had a brief, award-winning time with Metropolitan Life, where he met the man who was to become his long-time, beloved partner, the late Joe Santoro. Their entrepreneurial spirit led the two Joes to establish “The D’Amico & Santoro Insurance Agency” on East Main St. in Waterbury. They had a most successful partnership for over 35 years before retiring in the late 1990s. Joe was an avid golfer and bowler, loved to cook, and devoured Stuart Woods’s novels and Bill O’Reilly biographies. He spent many wonderful years at his second home named Irie Noel, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
Joe is survived by a son Joseph Jr. and wife Mary Ellen (Reardon) D’Amico, of Bluffton, SC; a daughter, Darlene and husband Elliott Colasanto, of Southington CT; a brother, John and wife Irene (Maurice) D’Amico, of Fort Myers FL, and a sister, Connie D’Amico, of Waterbury; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Marie (D’Amico) Renna, of Watertown.
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks for the attentive and compassionate care provided by the entire staff of the Southington Care Center. We are most grateful for your outstanding professionalism.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675-8517
A funeral Mass will be held at 10AM on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on 309 South Main Street in Waterbury. Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Colasanto Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. To leave on line condolences please visit us at www.colasanto.com.
wounded Warriors Project KS
PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675-8517