Louis F. Tagliatela, Sr “Lou”, 94, passed away on January 16, 2014 at his home in North Haven.
Lou was born in New Haven on October 15, 1919 to the late Francesco and Guiseppina Bazaro Tagliatela.
At age 13 Lou built a tree house which was the delight of the neighborhood children.
Lou graduated from Hamden High School where he won a statewide design competition for a model power boat he created. After high school Lou migrated to California and designed tools and parts first for Caterpillar Tractor and subsequently for several companies in the growing aircraft industry.
Among Lou’s fondest California memories was riding his horse, Mr. Jackson, and taking horseback lessons from Jay Silverheel who subsequently played the role of Tanto on the Lone Ranger TV series.
In WW II Lou volunteered for service and applied his drafting talents to creating maps for the high command in India and Burma. After the war he re-energized Franklin Construction, a single family home construction firm founded by his father.
Lou said that when he first met Mary Pegnataro he knew she was the one. They married in 1946. Lou built churches, schools, apartment buildings, hotels and condominiums. Mary, a tireless worker, actively participated in operating North Haven Health & Racquet and later Saybrook Point Inn. They raised three children all of whom joined in the family businesses which include Saybrook Point Inn & Marina, North Haven Health & Racquet and numerous apartment complexes.
Lou established the Tagliatela School of Engineering at the University of New Haven and the Tagliatela School of Business at Albertus Magnus College. With his family he established the Louis F. & Mary A. Tagliatela Charitable Foundation.
In 1991 Lou was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate and Construction for Southern New England. Lou served as a bank director for 30 years and was a lifetime member of the Amity Club. He enjoyed solving business problems with his children and having Mary work with him.
Lou is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary; son, Louis F. Tagliatela Jr. (wife, Deborah, daughters, Melissa and Lauren, grandson, Aiden); daughter, Tricia Tagliatela; son, Stephen Tagliatela (wife, Viola, daughters Stephanie and Caroline); brother, Frank of Orange; and sister, Josephine D’Amato of Wallingford.
Predeceased by his sisters, Mary and Rosemary Tagliatela, Edythe Sciarra, Madeline Bertolini and Anne Carrano, brothers, Ralph and Paul. The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional caregivers (Michelle Wilson, Christina Muratti, Carrolle Jean, Anna Lozano and Lisa Lozano) who watched over Lou in his last days.
The family requests that donations in memory of Louis Tagliatela be made payable to the Father McGivney Center at YNHH c/o YNHH Development Department PO Box 1849 New Haven, CT 06508. Attn: Lucy Sirico., or Multiple Sclerosis,705 No. Mountain Rd., Suite C102, Newington, Ct. 06111.
Friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT on Monday 11 am. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave, North Haven, with Military Honors. There will be no calling hours.
To send a condolence to the family please see obituary www.siskbrothers.com. Sisk Brothers Funeral Home 3105 Whitney Ave. Hamden in care of arrangements.