Antonio Fusarelli, 72, a longtime resident of Orange and beloved husband of Maria (Massarella) Fusarelli, entered into eternal rest on March 29, 2015 at his home and surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Luco dei Marsi, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy on June 1, 1942, he was the son of the late Biagio and Erminia (Martini) Fusarelli. After growing up herding sheep in the Italian mountainsides and in search of a better life, at the age of 20 Antonio immigrated to Thorold, Ontario, Canada joining siblings who came before him. There he worked for the Exolon Company, at a factory that made sandpaper for metal while also working various construction jobs.
In the late 1960’s, he met his future wife, Maria, and the married in 1970. At that time, he moved to the USA so they could establish roots and build a family in Connecticut. He worked for nearly 25 years as a construction worker and foreman, primarily for Miscione Construction. In that role, he participated in the construction of many new buildings that transformed downtown Stamford, as well as in Bridgeport, and New Haven, CT and in White Plains, NY.
Prior to his retirement, Antonio was a groundskeeper for the Darien Board of Education for 20 years.
In his free time, Antonio enjoyed making wine and curating fine Italian meats, tending to his bountiful garden, growing a variety of fig trees, playing bocce, and he was a competitive bowler is his younger days. He also took great pleasure in his stone masonry projects, of which his many works have come to dot the surrounding landscape.
Later in life, he especially enjoyed lovingly spending time with all nine of his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Maria of 44 years, he is survived by his children Emilia Fusarelli of Milford, CT, Angela Fusarelli Partalas (Tom) of Hamden, CT, Melissa Fusarelli (York Mario) of Orange, CT, Anthony Fusarelli (Sarah) of Arlington, VA, and Christopher Biagio Fusarelli (Jennifer) of Orange, CT, 9 grandchildren, his 5 brothers, Concetto Fusarelli and Guido of Luco dei Marsi, Italy, Francesco Fusarelli of Lewiston, NY, Domenico Fusarelli of Thorold, Canada, Bernardino Fusarelli of St. Catherines, CA and 2 sisters Annunziata Fusarelli Giradini of Thorold, Canada and Pierina Fusarelli D’Alo of Luco dei Marsi, Italy.
Besides his parents, Antonio is predeceased by his brothers, Vincenzo Fusarelli and Guido Fusarelli, and sisters, Maria Fusarelli Crescenzi, Domenica Fusarelli, and Natalina Fusarelli.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Rd.
Entombment to follow at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery, Derby.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to the Smilow Cancer Center, Closer To Free, 333 Cedar St., PO Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520.
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